Studying. The epitome of our boredom and grades. It’s so easy to become distracted when trying to learn the material needed for a midterm or final exam. Well, according to multiple studies done by universities, it is possible for people to study to music, and here are their findings, as well as other tips that may help you.
The University of Dayton conducted an experiment with 56 students, having them study material for a test with Mozart and other classical music playing in the background. The findings showed accelerated test results increases in both spatial and linguistic testing, suggesting background music can help with cognitive performance.
Another school, Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan conducted another study with 32 students. One group took a test with no music involved at all, another listened before they took the test, and the other had music in the background while taking the test. Those who had the music playing during the test received the best results, those with no music doing the worst, and those with music before taking the test doing close to those who listened to it during the test. It showcased the idea that those who listened to music overall had increased performance levels.
But in all honesty, it truly depends on the individual. Most believe in the “Mozart Effect,” which is the research that suggests listening to Mozart and other classical music improves short-term memory and the performance of certain tasks. From personal experience, I do believe this works as a method of studying, but the idea of listening to new music in general has worked for myself much more than that of classical music. But it really does depend on the type of person you are.
But in most cases, instrumental and classical music that is most of the time unfamiliar has shown to produce the best results. A few good tips include having it on small volume, listening to music before you take the exam, make long lasting playlists, and do not listen to the radio, the dialogue between songs and advertisements will distract you. See the Spotify playlist below.