Musical Genius: Students should consider benefits of listening to music while studying

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icAnother boring day in algebra. Staring at the clock, I wondered how much longer we could possibly go on about parabolas. Who would have thought a curved line could be so complicated? Accustomed to the monotony of class, a wave of relief washed over me when we finally finished the day’s lesson. But instead of transitioning to silent work time as we usually did, our teacher let us listen to music of our choice as we worked. Pleased with this change in pace, I got out my earbuds and shuffled songs by Fall Out Boy on Spotify.

I was surprised I could still focus with rock music blasting in my ears, but in fact, the music transformed my math homework from a tedious chore to a challenge. I was no longer dragging myself through each problem but seeking answers and overcoming obstacles, motivated by the rhythm’s driving force. I’m not sure if it was the song’s fast-paced beat or the motivational lyrics of “Centuries,” but for the first time, I found myself liking math homework.

It seemed counterintuitive that loud music would improve my studying skills, rather than distract me from my homework, but according to the Stanford University School of Medicine, my musical methods are supported by research. Stanford researchers found that listening to music stimulates areas of the brain responsible for focus and memory. Furthermore, a study by the University of Toronto confirmed this finding and reported that listening to music improves concentration and memorization. Music can makes studying more fun and more efficient.

In addition to the cognitive benefits of listening to music, a Cambridge University study found that music has a stress-reducing effect in listeners, making studying easier and more enjoyable.

Also, a study in the Chicago Journals indicates music is a helpful tool in overcoming negative emotions associated with studying. The study found that studying with music increased listeners’ ability to process emotions and strengthened their resolve to continue studying. These positive effects make listening to music a powerful tool in overcoming lack of motivation and procrastination.

So next time you’re faced with a heap of homework, turn up some music and get started. Music can improve even the most boring and difficult assignments. Not only will studying become easier and more effective, but you also might even enjoy yourself.

The views in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of the HiLite staff. Reach Jessica Konrad at jkonrad@hilite.org.

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Jessica Konrad, Feature Reporter, News Copy Editor

Jessica is a senior and has been writing for the HiLite for the last four years. During her time on staff, she has served as Copy Editor, Beats Editor...

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