Studying takes some real concentration, especially when you’re studying for a big exam or a subject you’re not familiar with or just not a fan of. When you research study tips, most recommend music, it blocks out background noise, gives you an even tone to keep you focused on the content of the books.
Many suggest that calm, relaxing music is best, especially something like classical music as it doesn’t include any words and the instruments actually help you stay focused. While all this information is really helpful and somehow makes sense, we all have our own studying preferences and the type of music we enjoy.
The question we’re looking at today is whether music really makes a difference when it comes to studying. There are many students who prefer silence while many also prefer music, some classical and some music with words, then, of course, you get the few students who can study in just about any conditions, whether there’s a party, a movie playing or people talking.
What Research Tells Us
If you’re using music to try and bump up your exam marks, the sad truth is, it doesn’t really work. The myth known as the Mozart Effect has been proven to ineffective, especially when it comes to enhancing our abilities to learn new things or simply remember what we’ve studied. The myth was started with the media, leading us to believe that music of any genre is better than silence while studying.
There have been multiple studies leading to the same results, and while some of us might swear by it, according to research it actually doesn’t have any positive effects. By that, we don’t mean you should avoid listening to music, but don’t do it in hopes of improving our ability to get better results on your next exam. This has been proven by studies performed by Dr Nick Perham who says listening to any types of music while reading is disruptive and adds no benefit to remembering what you’ve read.
Psychologist Francis Rauscher has done many different studies when it comes to the effects of music on humans. Some of you might remember her studies with the effects of music on unborn children. Her studies have shown that some people might benefit from the right type of music. For example, she suggests that you list to the music you enjoy, meaning if you’re not a fan of classical music, don’t use it to try and improve your studies, but rather use music you’re a fan of.
While there are differences in opinion and research as seen above, everyone agrees that music that involves worlds won’t help while trying to read and that other forms of music might only provide small benefits if any at all. For some of us, it’s actually a disadvantage while for some it helps, especially with math and other forms of non-reading studies such as technical drawing. At the end of the day, it all comes down to what works for you, which is why we recommend trying the different options and seeing how they affect your studies.