Whether brushing up on the chapter or cramming all of your notes into your head the night before a test, we all have different methods for studying. Some people need to isolate themselves from all noise/distraction in order to study. Some just don’t do it to begin with. Some people, like me, like to listen to music when they study.
According to the article “Music While You Work,” by Adrian Furnham and Anna Bradley, “Music reduces the tension and boredom that are highly correlated with routine work but acts as a distracter for complex mental work.” Sarah Ransdell conducted a study in which 45 students wrote essays as fast as they could with and without music playing in the background. She found that the music caused students to finish their essays about 60 words per hour slower than without. Joseph Cardillo argues that music can be helpful in studying and stating that “The trick is to be able to access your state of mind at a specific moment and figure out which way you need to go (up or down) to hit your brain’s sweet spot of calm, energized flow as you work on your goals. Using music makes sense because it is natural and has no side effect(s).” (Equinox)
I like listening to music while I study. I feel that it helps me to zone in on my work and focus. In order to successfully study with music, I have to get my mind to a point where the music becomes a background noise and it cancels out any other outside distractions while I’m doing my work. I need to play the right kind of music also. It needs to be something with a more mellow vibe to it. For example, I would have difficulty staying focused if I tried to study while listening to “turn up” music.
I believe that music can definitely help with studying, however, I will admit that it can also be distracting. Everyone reacts differently to music and different types of music. Find a genre that works for you and maybe it will help you concentrate too.