Should you listen to music when you study?

Should you listen to music when you study?

Whether your starting out your new Diploma or even half way through completing, it is always an interesting topic on how listening to music while studying can affect how you learn.


Music has become a fundamental part of our lives, which is why students are so eager to know whether it will negatively or positively impact their studying. The burning question lies with, is it a good or bad thing to listen to music while you study? Some students can’t study without it, finding it a great way to block out distractions and get engrossed in study. Others find it more of a distraction than anything else!


Some research has indicated that music can help you study and those who listen to music while studying may actually be better off for it. However, the drawbacks show that music with lyrics can have negative impact on your ability to memorise things in order, as students can get thrown off and confused by the various words and notes in the song playing in the background.


Although, listening to music before studying or performing a task can be beneficial as it improves attention, memory, and even your ability to do mental math as well as helping lessen depression and anxiety. Stanford University professor Clifford Nass expanded, “Music with lyrics is very likely to have a problematic effect when you’re writing or reading. “Probably less of an effect on math, if you’re not using the language parts of your brain”.


Because music can impact and regulate your mood and the best mood to study in is a more relaxed mood, choosing music that helps you relax but also with enough beat or rhythm to ensure you don’t zone out while studying is crucial. But music that’s too loud or with too much of an upbeat tempo can also be distracting, so having a playlist or specific artist you turn to for studying music can really help.


Music’s effects on study habits will vary from person to person, and can also be affected by what you’re listening to — the genre of the music, how loud it is, etc. You need to figure out the effect music has on your studying ability, and then tailor your studying playlist to get the most out of your study session or study in silence.


So basically, the final decision about studying while listening to music is up to you!


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