You may have heard a lot from your friends as far as the best music for study and concentration goes. Some will tell you to go for ambient instrumental music, others will say its all about listening to your favorite music because it will give you the peace and excitement you need to easily comprehend the concept of the topics you want to study on.
And true to the fact, most of what you have been told may be somewhat close to the ideal solution you are looking for. But there is that kind of music that will make the perfect fit for you, and see through a productive studying period.
My aim is to help you identify and get your best study music playlist on your device and get you rolling. Okay?
Perfect! Let’s give it a go.
What is the Best Music For Studying?
Well, there are many ways to go with that, depending on the tastes and preferences we have come to take up over the years. You might find someone saying that they study best when listening to soft jazz or raggae or the good old Mozart effect, or even any other genre out there.
But you should note, it’s not that they love that particular genre so much that is why it’s working for them. It’s just that they have conditioned their mind to study best when listening to that particular genre, either consciously or subconsciously. And out of habit, it has become their music preference for study.
Let’s face it, not all of us are able to get our minds to love a given playlist and work productively with it. Our minds are at different levels despite the fact that we all have the same brain capabilities.
It may be harder for some people to concentrate while it’s piece of cake for others. That is why you will find different grades of results after an exam. While that is the case, there is still hope for those who can’t make their mind love a given type of music and get it to work for them.
Although I can’t tell exactly what yours specifically is, I will give you the things you should use to identify the music that will work best for you as well as a few popular ones that have been working for majority of the people.
Factors to consider when choosing the best music to help you study and concentrate:
• Less noise – When you are studying, you simply want to be at peace and have a quiet environment that will make it suitable for your mind to take in the information and store it well in the long term memory. This means you should get songs that will get you to be peaceful and calm rather than distracting, so to speak. The kind of songs that will make good study aids that you should start considering are slow songs or long but soothing ones. It could even be sad songs, a number of guys myself included love them.
• Few to no words – Songs that play in the background without any words have been known to help with bringing thoughts together and helping attend to what you want to do, work or study. Think instrumentals, the violin or the flute. Just peaceful, no words but they bring the heart to rest. Actually, people who have used songs without any words have reported more focus and attention than those with words.
• No memories – Make sure you also don’t get slow songs that kind of remind you of things that happened in the past. If you always remember an event when listening to a song, which most of us do, then you should not add it to your playlist. It will take you back to the event, suck up most of your energy and make you forget you were actually studying.
• Songs you don’t really love – Okay, not really love, as in really. The idea here is to get songs you are not emotionally attached to. If you know you love a song because of the beats or a certain line that makes you go nuts, inspired by the creativity of the singer, then that will get you more distracted and you’ll end up not hitting the target you had set. Although some people report good results with this kind of music because it helps them connect the song to what they are reading and thus easily remember, I tried it myself and failed terribly.
• Songs that help you visualize – Being visual makes up to 90% of study and exams success. If you can visualize the things you are studying, you can easily remember them. If you can also visualize and connect them to a certain thing in the real world that you see almost always, you will always remember it, even beyond the exam room.
Getting songs or sounds that will improve your visualization skills will greatly boost your success rates. Which kinds sounds or music am I talking about? Nature sounds. If you listen to a waterfall or flowing water, it will help you picture yourself in a place that is serene and the whole visualization will get your brain to be calm, focused and unruffled.
And of course, you should make sure that the volume is moderate so that it only helps you improve the quality of study. Setting it high will make it the center of your attention and lose the whole benefits. The medium volume adds to the sweet background of the song.
Now to The Songs You Should Consider Using to Study
1. Instrumental or Post Rock
These are songs that have barely any lyrics. And those that have, are so slow and sometime understandable that will help shift to your focus only to your books. Playing these in the background gives you the relaxing atmosphere that only improves your energy and ability to learn new things greater. Some of the bands I have come to like include Godspeed, Mogwai and explosions in the sky.
2. Ambient Electronic Songs
Yet another great genre. You will find most university students using these. Although I didn’t love them myself, they do create a good atmosphere for learning. You get the options of listening to cool ambient electronic songs with low pitched hums or the fast ones with speedy beats. And they all give you the relaxing surrounding you require to be attentive. Spotify offers a huge playlist of these songs. You can also use Drone Zone or Secret Agent, they are streams from Soma.fm which also have great electronic songs.
3. World Music
I listen to these from time to time. They are basically music from different parts of the world that have got unique sounds and instruments based on the country, and offer deep relaxation for folks, especially those who don’t understand the languages in the vocals. I listen to Indian classics and I tell you those things are fine! Other places I know that have great music are Australia, Philippines, Costa Rica and others. You can check original mixes of them on YouTube.
4. BrainWave Entrainment (My personal Favorite)
This is the most effective I have seen so far. I like to call it brain mechanics. In fact, everyone who listens to brain wave entrainment songs not only get to study comfortably, but also redesign their brain on the long term. I have listened to these for a while now and sure enough I can study in a relatively noisy place and understand things easily. How? Through the mind boost that brain wave entrainment gives.
What this means is that, you get scientifically created nature songs with different waves that will make the waves your brain vibrate in specific frequencies that make you relaxed and get into something like a state of deep meditation that gets you poised but very alert.
In terms of stress and anxiety reduction, sleep and bosting complex problem solving skills, these songs outweigh all other solutions, including nootropics. I’ve used them for quite some time now and I can assure you that they well worth every minute you put into them. My favorite brain wave entrainment program is the Brain Evolution System. I found it to be the most effective. And they give you a free demo to download and see what you get and a 30 days trial.
And that is just about it with study music.
If you have any questions about these songs or anything related to brain boosting songs, feel free to drop your comment below and I’ll be more than happy to help you out.