Listening to music while studying – yay or nay?

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To listen to music while studying, or not to listen to music while studying.

I rarely used to study with music playing, but some students swear by it. Is it helpful to learning though, or not?

The experts are divided. Some say that listening to music means the person has to multitask, which is a slower mental process, which in turn means less productivity. Research has shown that people drop an average of 10 IQ points when they multitask.

Other reports, however, say that music can increase productivity. According to an article in the UK Metro, research by music streaming service Spotify and clinical psychologist has shown that classical music at 60-70 beats per minute can enhance the concentration and learning of those studying math.

They also found that music in the 50-80 beats-per-minute range (such as We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus and Mirrors by Justin Timberlake) had a calming effect on the mind, especially for those studying sciences and languages.

For those doing English or drama/arts, emotion-filled rock and pop music can create a level of excitement that will enhance one’s creativity.

Then, other experts say that listening to music before studying can put a person into a mood that is conducive to productive studying.

Our suggestion? Find out what works for you. Try doing the same task with music, and then without. Were you more creative and more productive listening to music, or without? Then go with that.

If you do decide to listen to music, here are some suggestions from the experts

  • Choose music you already know and like, so that it will be less distracting
  • Unless you’re doing creative work, avoid music that is really fast and loud
  • Similarly, also avoid music that often changes from loud to soft, loud to soft.

So put in your earphones – or not, if that’s not your thing – and study away!

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One thought on “Listening to music while studying – yay or nay?

  1. Pingback: Distraction-free studying: Don’t try to multitask when you don’t have to! | High Score Learning

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