Creating The Perfect Study Playlist

Studying or doing homework with music can often be very helpful. Music stimulates your brain and helps you focus—if you choose the right music when creating your study playlist.

The main thing to remember when finding music to include on your study playlist is that it should not be the same music you listened to at the frat party or club you were at Saturday night. Study music is its own breed, and party music and banging rock-and-roll aren’t the best choices for stimulating your brain.

Any study playlist you create should have an overall undertone of relaxation and calming. The music should be light, lyric-free and should frequently change pace to keep your brain stimulated.

Remember when you are studying the main obstacle is staying focused, so you want to choose music for your study playlist that is more or less not distracting. Check out some tips below.

4 Tips On Creating The Perfect Study Playlist

What types of music to use: Great, stimulating study music is often found in jazz or classical music. These genres are great to include on your study playlist. Whether or not you usually listen to this type of music in your free time doesn’t mean that it can’t help you focus in a study situation. Studies have shown that classical music in particular stimulates the brain and helps people retain information.

Where to find this music: If you don’t normally listen to classical music, you might not want to actually purchase any for your study playlist. Free music applications like Pandora and Spotify are excellent mediums for listening to any music you want for free, the only catch is listening to occasional advertisements. Spotify lets you search other playlists already made by users or create your own from any music available. Pandora lets you listen to radio stations of any genre you choose, but you don’t get to choose the individual songs. Both mediums are great for finding a study playlist and music stations recommended by others, or for creating your own mixes.

When a study playlist come in handy: Maybe you have noisy neighbors in your apartment or dorm, or maybe the library is as quiet as you would like—tune in to your study playlist! Always make sure to have a pair of headphones with you incase your environment is getting noisier than you expected. When listening to your music while studying, don’t blast it like you would while you are working out, still allow yourself to concentrate.

Artists to consider: Classical artists such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven or possibly the lesser-known Johann Pachelbel are great to include on your study playlist. Jazz artists worth noting are Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis. However, don’t think you are limited to just jazz and classical artists; this is just what I would recommend. Any easy listening music will do.

Overall, when creating a study playlist, you want to focus on soothing sounds, changing tempos and upbeat rhythms. If you pick music that’s slow, and sad sounding, you’ll be more prone to falling asleep. Selecting music for your study playlist, like classical music that is upbeat and constantly changing pace will keep your brain active and focused. Keeping yourself relaxed while studying will help you retain more information, reduce stress and help you stay focused.

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Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet is a sophomore at Michigan State University, studying journalism and philosophy of law. Aside from reporting, Madeline enjoys tae kwon do, reading, writing, researching and traveling, and can be considered a music enthusiast. Madeline currently works as an intern for thecollegehelper.com, and is a banquet server at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, MI. Perfecting the storytelling side of reporting is something she looks forward to in her future career as a journalist.
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