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Do you listen to music as you study?

Music while studying   65 members have voted

  1. 1. Do you listen to music as you study?

    • Yes, it keeps me focused.
    • No, it distracts me.
    • Sometimes, it depends on the subject.
  2. 2. What music do you listen to, if you do?


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I'm curious whether you like to listen to music while studying, after finding this awesome website.

Personally, I love to listen to music as I study - however my music preferences differ from subject to subject.

While I study math, I am listen to low ambient sounds, usually by Boards of Canada. If anyone has heard of this band, I salute you (Y). I need it to be quiet because usually when I'm doing math homework I have to say what I'm thinking out loud, and my music can't get in the way of that...

For other subjects, especially Art, I listen to Icelandic music - Sigur Ros. It helps me stay focused because I can't concentrate on the lyrics if I can't understand them! But aside, Icelandic is a really cool sounding language and I love Sigur Ros' music.

For English I usually have no music on though, because it distracts me from my reading, even BoC.

For essay writing and other written assignments I listen to indie rock - it gets the blood pumpin' and the fingers a-typin'.

Now that I've actually written it out, I realize I'm pretty dang particular about my music as a study.

As for the website I found (Through Eric Whitacre's Facebook page) I think I'll use that when I'm sketching alone or writing poetry all for my own benefit. It's neat though, check it out.

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Sigur Ros is pretty good background music, I have to say :)

When I study I usually use the music to block off other noises and treat it like background which for some reason helps me focus. Occasionally it doesn't work and I find it distracting, but generally I'd say it helps me focus in. Especially if I listen to something through my headphones, it eliminates everything else and I find I can be much more single-minded than usual. Doesn't really matter what it is, but I find rap can be a bit more distracting than the others because I listen to the words a bit too much.

That ambient noises thing is strangely effective. Although it's just adding to the shouting people, seagulls, planes, cars and barking dogs outside :P

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hearing I'M SORRY MS JACKSON while writing an English essay is flawless. There is no way I'll write the essay which is what all procrastination attempts are in the end. I might sprinkle some waka flocka in there so I hear BRICKSQUAAAAD to get me pumped.

I'm kidding. I either listen to jazz or nothing at all. I'd rather not because while it might give the impression of being more focused I find that the main reason why that is, is because it blocks out distracting noises. So sometimes I might have my headphones in with nothing playing.

I'd rather wake up in a new Bugatti than revise though.

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I personally like listening to music while learning and I also find headphones very useful - as it was said before it drowns other noises. Laud music also prevent me from falling asleep :) I find music especially helpful when learning foreign languages. When I learn something for German I listen to songs with lyrics in German. It somehow enables me to focus more. But sometimes I also find it distracting, especially when dealing with some complicated math problem.

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I have 3 bands I listen to when I work. It really helps having a band you listen to when you work, as it gets you in a mood to work. Mumford & Sons, Bastille and Imagine Dragons!

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I personally like listening to music while learning and I also find headphones very useful - as it was said before it drowns other noises. Laud music also prevent me from falling asleep :) I find music especially helpful when learning foreign languages. When I learn something for German I listen to songs with lyrics in German. It somehow enables me to focus more. But sometimes I also find it distracting, especially when dealing with some complicated math problem.

German music is pretty sick. Especially from the 80's. I love listening to French music like Zaz while doing French homework - oftentimes it helps with vocab.

I have 3 bands I listen to when I work. It really helps having a band you listen to when you work, as it gets you in a mood to work. Mumford & Sons, Bastille and Imagine Dragons!

Bastille! I was just listening to them when I read that post. I can definitely see myself putting some Bastille into a study playlist.

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I listen to music while I study, but I'm more productive if the music is in my headphones, than if it is coming from my computer.

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Music helps me when I'm fighting through an essay in the middle of the night and need to stay focused. I can't listen to music with any lyrics though, because then I follow along with the words in my head or start singing if I know the song. Usually, I pick an artist that I've never heard who sings in a different language and that works. I also discover new things about myself, like how I love golden age bollywood music :dance2:

I sometimes listen to instrumental classical or electronica, but it's usually something like an awesome soundtrack to a video game or movie or something along those lines. Contrary to seemingly everyone else, I prefer my music sans headphones.

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This is really interesting! I was expecting more people to say 'no/its distracting' and I'm so surprised there's only 1 vote for that now!

I can only listen to music when I'm doing maths. Otherwise my mind is focused on singing along to the lyrics/songs and I absolutely can't concentrate in reading/writing/learning essays/textbooks. However, I can listen to songs and read/write posts on forums so maybe I'm a bit funny with that. :P

That coffitivity website is really interesting! I'm definitely going to try that soon - I find that if there's a lot of noise around me but I'm not actually talking to anyone, I can be more productive so that site might help!

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It depends on the subject. When I'm doing math homework, I can listen to heavy stuff like Beware of Darkness and Nirvana, but when I write essays, I need calm. For example, Antoine Dufour, Calum Graham, Don Ross, and Andy McKee.

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I chose no because it distracts me and I can't focus, but classical music is okay :P

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I typically don't when I'm writing an essay or something (and when I do, it's usually ambient/instrumental stuff), but otherwise I do all the time. Mostly when I'm working through problems, or doing repetitive tasks like lab reports. I think it keeps me focused, plus I don't feel like I'm in complete silence.

As for what I listen to, it's pretty much anything I like. It ranges from calm, ambient music to upbeat, electronic stuff. Generally instrumental, though that's more due to my taste of music.

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