How to Make the Perfect Study Playlist(s)

Research shows that music can greatly increase productivity, and from my personal experience, it also makes homework more enjoyable. But not all playlists are created equal, and not all playlists are the greatest for studying. I mean, I’d turn on some music under the premise of motivation for homework, and all is well — until “studying” becomes a jam session of humming, tapping, and head-nodding, or a full-out music video marathon. However, music doesn’t have to be a distraction; the key is to find the right playlist. Without further ado, here is a compilation of playlists for all sorts of study situations.

  • The playlist for factoring polynomials/ balancing chemistry equations/ conjugating verbs:

Upbeat music has been shown to boost efficiency and accuracy in repetitive tasks which don’t require much in-depth thinking. It is also shown to be the most effective when the music is not playing constantly — instead, turn up your music when you feel your focus drifting. It’s like a wake-up call that keeps you engaged and increases alertness so you can stay on task.

  • The playlist for tackling geometry — from graphing functions to calculus:

Enter the Mozart Effect: a phenomenon which found that exposure to music composed by Mozart can significantly increase spatial reasoning skills. And what are spatial reasoning skills used in? Math! Mozart’s music works especially well in geometry, as spatial reasoning deals with your ability to visualize and understand shapes and space. So, if you’re struggling with trigonometry, why not try some Mozart?

  • The playlist to sustain you in the search for a perfect essay thesis — also tasks that require some real heavy brainpower:

Music choices get trickier when you’re tackling creative activities that involve complex thinking. Studies have shown that listening to relaxing, repetitive background music can improve performance in cognitive tasks, such as reading. Additionally, songs with lyrics have been found to distract the task at hand — so choose some calming music without lyrics.

Here are a few more tips you should consider before putting those headphones on:

  • Keep your music at a medium volume to maximize productivity.

  • Listen to music that you like. A boost in your mood will definitely make work more bearable!

Sometimes, silence may be your choice mixtape, and that’s completely fine! Whether the combination of music and studying does or does not work for you, it is definitely worth a try.

Happy studying,



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