The common belief is that it is necessary to secure a quiet environment to study that is free from distractions. However, for some people studying in a quiet environment can be a nightmare. Although conducive for studying, the quiet environment can bring about boredom making you succumb to the allure of sleeping at the study table. Therefore, the need for some music while studying cannot be overstated. Scholars argue that apart from making studying less boring; music also can potentially help you to retain information better.
Moreover, music can help you to calm down hence becoming more productive in your studying. Music also is critical in elevating your mood and motivates you to study longer. Some scholars are however opposed to music while studying because they consider it a form of distraction.
The biggest challenge is finding the right kind of music that will not distract you from your study. Science teaches that finding the correct playlist when performing tasks that require more brainpower can be a challenge. The idea is finding that type of music that will play from the background and not disturb your attention.
Tips for choosing the best music
Choose classical music
Classical music has been found to be instrumental in helping to retain information. In most cases, this taking of music does not have lyrics, and therefore chances that it will be a less distraction are high. However, always ensure your music is slow-paced since fast-faced and upbeats might sound uncomfortable and distract your attention. The most important part of classical music is that it is peaceful and harmonious if well chosen. Examples of classical music that can be used include “Air on a G String” by Johann Sebastian Bach and “Piano Concerto No. 23” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
In case you don’t like classical music, you can choose low tempo electronic music. It also provides a pleasant background for studying. Ensure you select electronic music that has less or no great variations and one without lyrics.
Select music that has no lyrics
Words can be distracting. Lyric-free music is appropriate when studying because lyrics can be a source of distraction. It is easier to shift focus from studying to figure out what the singer of particular music is trying to converse. Research from the Cambridge Sound Management shows that noise, in general, does not distract people and doesn’t affect productivity rather the intelligibility of the words force individuals to switch focus from whatever they are doing and figure out the meaning of the words. Therefore, listening to lyric-free music will help maintain your attention on your studies.
Listen to slow-paced music
You want to listen to songs that fade away in the background and not songs that will grab your attention. Listening to fast-paced songs with various varying tones can be a source of distraction for our studies. Look for slow-paced and relatively monotone songs. Examples of such music include spa music.
Choose songs that include sounds of nature
Sounds of nature are instrumental in enhancing moods and focus as well as enhancing the relaxation effects. Sounds such as jungles or animals, waves and rain can transform the studying environment into a more relaxing moment that is appropriate for studying. Sounds of nature enhance cognitive functioning; optimize the concentration ability and increases the satisfaction of the activity being carried out.
You can opt for songs that you don’t care about
Research suggests that listening to music that you are ambivalent about could be right. Have you ever realized that if you listen to music that you don’t really care about does not affect your concentration? When listening to such music you don’t even capture the lyrics because after all, you don’t have any interest in the music, but it is helping liven the environment.
Select songs that are played at medium volume
Research conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville established that moderate noise is critical for creative thinking. Remember this music will be playing in the background while you study. Having music at the highest volume will definitely affect your concentration. If your music is playing and you find it hard to concentrate that might be an indication that it is too loud. Research on the effects of high and moderate noise shows that both can help in opening people’s brains to more abstract thinking. However, too loud noise is said to decrease the ability of the brain to process information.
Choose music that is unfamiliar to you
Select music from around the world in case you need to try something new and different. Have you ever found yourself sub-consciously singing and dancing along familiar music? Probably you have. Familiar songs can be a sure source of distraction whether it has lyrics or it’s just instrumentals because you can sing or hum along. Having a variety of songs from across the world can help you to avoid familiar music. Music from other regions will have languages, beats, and structures that are unfamiliar to you and which might be less distracting. An example of such music is Caribbean music and South African Music.