When you’re a teenager, you probably don’t really like silence. The world is so full of noise that when that noise disappears, you don’t know what to do. You crave something to hear, and one of the first things a lot of us turn to is music, which can be helpful sometimes.
But the thing is that sometimes you need the silence, and one of those times is when you are studying. When you’re studying, whether it’s for a test or simply just homework, your brain needs to concentrate on what you’re doing, in order to obtain the best results you can. However a lot of students like to listen to music while studying, and there are different views as to whether that is beneficial or if it actually puts you at a disadvantage.
Of course, like most things, there are good and bad results that arise from listening to music while studying, and I’m going to look at both sides. Firstly, let’s look at the positive facts – the “pros”.
- Listening to music before studying or other high-focus tasks can improve memory, attention, and reduce anxiety and depression. Especially classical music (this is known as the “Mozart Effect”). Studies have found that classical music can improve creativity, help control your mood, and avoid outside distractions.
- Interactive music can help maintain energy levels, as it stimulates the mind based on the type of music that is heard. This is why you’ll often find yourself wanting to dance around when an upbeat song comes on through the radio in a shop; your brain is being stimulated by the fact that the music sounds energetic, and it makes your body want to move. So, if you listen to this while doing tasks, you will probably start to feel happier and more energized.
Now, let’s look at some more negative facts about listening to music while studying – the “cons”.
- Listening to music while studying can distract you from your work, especially if it’s music with lyrics. If you’re trying to focus on what you’re revising, but there are different words being played in your ears, you can easily get confused and distracted from what you are supposed to be doing. This is even more true if you know the song and know the words, as you may start to sing along and distract yourself even more.
- We’ve established that listening to energetic music can help you feel more energized and happy, but this may not help you for all your tasks. Upbeat music is helpful if you are trying to clean your room or baking a cake. But sometimes, if you are studying, your mind can become a little too energized, and therefore restless. Whilst studying, you probably want to listen to calmer music, something that help you feel relaxed, and concentrated.
So, overall, if you’re listening to music while studying, make sure it’s music that won’t distract you. Look for instrumental, calming music on YouTube, Spotify or your own music library, and make a studying playlist that will help you concentrate and feel relaxed. Or, you could listen to music before studying to get your memory active and boost your attention, and then turn off the music when you actually want to study. After all, we all want to get the best results we can from studying.