What music do you find helps you be more effective when studying or doing homework?

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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When I study or do homework for various projects with which I'm involved, the music depends on what I'm trying to do.  If I'm brainstorming, I like loud, bluesy music which can trigger ideas for me.  Music such as  Etta James, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton or even Teresa James help me "catch" ideas from my brain casting about or my feet moving in time.  If I'm trying to polish an essay or presentation, I like very soft background such as Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux or Eva Cassidy.  Somehow the music helps my mind find better words or keeps me focused when I want to quit.  Music is also the reward for me at the end of studying or preparing when I then want to play The Maverick's new CD, Phillip Phillips, Janis Joplin from my younger days or even compilations of blues classics.  One word of warning though--I have a hearing loss in one ear from my love of really loud music!

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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I usually listen to kpop, also known as Korean pop. When a song is fast paced I tend to memorize a bit faster, I have no idea why as the opposite is what typically works for most of my friend. I also tend to listen to my favorite songs, because when I sing in my head in class I usually remember what I studied.

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StephanieRR | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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If I'm reading, I don't listen to any music. I've found that regardless of what type of music it is, I find myself periodically getting distracted by something going on in the music and end up having to re-read sentences, and in the end I don't really absorb anything.

When I am doing writing-based homework, however, music is key. I listen to up-tempo songs that make me feel energetic and like I want to move. It really motivates me to keep writing, and as I tend to try matching my actions to the beat, it feels like I finish faster than I normally would while still being efficient. It also keeps me awake, which is useful if I find myself pulling an all-nighter.

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amysor | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Personally, the music that helps me study is usually very calm music. Music usually with little to no music. Especially classical music helps me finish homework quicker. I do not suggest music with lyrics because the lyrics distract you from doing homwork, and defeats the puropose. Music is really helpful when doing homwork, you can find various classical playlists on youtube from artists like Beethoven or Mozart.

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sid-sarfraz | Student, Graduate | (Level 2) Salutatorian

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When studying i listen to songs containing slow music like somethings that relaxes you, since studying can be challenging at times. 

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malkaam | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I listen to different songs for different subjects, this helps me remember, during a test, what part i was studying during a particular song.  

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melissa1106 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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I usually go on to Spotify and they have many playlists geared for quiet study and deep focus. Many of the songs on those playlists are instrumentals or soft songs that will not break your concentration. I like to have soft music playing in the background when I am studying.

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taangerine | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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When I study, I usually listen to classical music because it soothing and helps me focus. I also listen to songs that are in a different language because I can't sing along and that makes me stay on beat and be more efficient in getting work done. I usually try to beat the song. Usually, a K-pop song is ~3-4 minutes. I assign myself a good amount of problems to do before the song ends, so I can stay on schedule and finish my homework/given task early and sleep early. 

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kevin0001 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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I usually listen to either K-Pop ( Korean Pop ) or any upbeat songs i find on the radio. It makes my surroundings seem more lively which also makes the work I'm doing more fun and interesting. Listening to it, I can concentrate and have a beat to doing my work. Even if i don't understand the lyrics, the catchy beat keeps me focused.

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jess1999 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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For me I usually pick a kpop ( korean ) song. It's beat usually keeps me awake which allows me to continue and finish my homework. Sometimes when I get to distracted by the music I would usually just end up turning it off ( which is most of the time )

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moustacio | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I mostly listen to ballads or acoustic songs - they are soothing enough for me to focus on what I'm studying. Playing them in the background really helps me to concentrate.

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eli468 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I have listened to a wide variety of music while studying and it used to always distract me. I came to find that classical music or most music that does not have any lyrics really helps me. I also learned that foreign languages are great! I discovered that I could easily study french while listening to Kpop (go figure) and from there whenever I study I listen to foreign music. I typically go for Korean, Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, and occasionally Thai music. Without my mind trying to focus on the words, because I am not fluent in these languages, I can enjoy my music while studying and doing homework. It works great! 

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chrisyhsun | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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For me, I find that listening to Korean or sometimes Chinese music helps me study. In particular, I enjoy listening to slower, ballad-like songs when I am reading and faster-paced music when I doing worksheet-type practice. The reason (I think) these genres of music work best for me is because they are not in my primary language, English. It is easier to divert my attention from Kpop or Cpop because I cannot as easily decipher the languages. Compared to that, when I listen to, say, Top 40 music in English, I find my mind wandering toward the lyrics. I don't particularly like listening to music without lyrics so I think that listening to music in other languages helps because I don't fall asleep from the lack of lyrics and actual human voices but I don't focus primarily on listening to lyrics.

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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K-pop or korean pop because the music and the language is very interesting. Every time i do my work i have to listen to K-pop to concentrate or focus on my work. I don't know why but K-pop is the only thing I listen to while doing my work. It's fast paced but some songs are more slow. K-pop is a really good type of music to listen to.

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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There shouldn't be a specific music type for each subject.

In general, Baroque music is the most optimal for normal studying.

When it comes to key facts or subjects that you do not like, it is best for you NOT to play music as this will hamper the effectiveness of your study.

When it comes to subjects you excel at or like, playing music will increase your study effectiveness.

Personally, if I study during morning, I prefer slow-paced music, and gradually increase the tempo as the day passes.

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