Listening to music during study

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anonymous5497
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Does listening to music during study improve focus or just distract you?
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Usually listening to music that has no lyrics should be better when studying so you’re not distracted by the words in the song and instead focus on the words of what you’re studying. But then again sometimes pure silence can be better when preparing you for the feel of real exams.
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I can't listen to songs with lyrics, as I'll sing them (or sometimes write them in my study notes by accident!) and if I listen to classical music I'll end up analysing structure and chord patterns (thanks A Level music), so literally the only noise I can have is white noise, or a fan sound .. which does actually help me!
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Ideally it should have no lyrics, not be too fast and not be something you really like. Slow Baroque music is the best for studying but I can still headbang to it sometimes
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i listen to classical or instrumental music if i'm studying. if i'm just doing an essay or something i'll put on a playlist of songs i like
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I listen to 138-140 BPM trance... Did my whole first degree that way.... Don't plan on changing anything during masters.

The fast tempo keeps me motivated and awake 😂. Probably not idea for most though.
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I don't listen to music whilst studying.
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(Original post by anonymous5497)
Does listening to music during study improve focus or just distract you?
I don't listen to music but if you want to you can type up on YouTube 'study music' then you will find loads of videos. There are loads on Spotify too. Listening to classical and non-lyrical music is reccommended though but it depends on what helps you and what you prefer. 😀
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Haven't studied since a-level, but I would often either have background TV or classical music (normally my set works or pieces I was working on in my guitar lessons). I got DistAB so I guess that works okay for me.
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It seems to me that when you do routine work, music helps so that you adjust to the rhythm and can do simple tasks faster.
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I'm not sure ... It helped me get organized by doing some of the rituals. For example, in the morning I make sure to make my bed and do a few yoga asanas to wake up. Then I have breakfast, drink coffee, but before going to my classes, I always try to wake up my brain so that by watering indoor plants I remember their names and the basic rules for caring for them. If I observe this ritual in the morning, then my day will become more productive. And besides, it makes me wake up half an hour earlier, so I never rush in the morning.
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Depends - if it's something like maths where you're just answering questions, then yeah, but I probably wouldn't if I were writing an essay or something, as I would end up writing down the lyrics :laugh:
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