If you like to listen to music while you study, choosing the right type can be vital to your overall productivity level.
Listening to music can calm you down, leading to more conscientious studying, elevating your mood, motivating you to stay focused and studying for longer periods of time.
While it can be a challenge to stay away from the hottest hits, selecting the wrong type of music can distract you from your studies and become counterproductive.
So, what type of music is considered “music for the mind?”
The following types of music are recommended for studying, along with tips to help you choose which genre will keep you most focused on your objective – studying.
Below each genre there’s a recommendation so that you can test out the genre and discover which type of music works best for you.
1. Never underestimate the power of classical.
Classical music is known for being both peaceful and harmonious, creating a calm and serene study environment for the listen.
It’s recommended as one of the best studying genres for students, because listeners report side effects like better mood and increased productivity. As far as side effects go, those aren’t too shabby!
Recommendation: Brandenburg Concerto #3 – Bach
2. Timed Tempos
Studies have shown that music timed at 60 beats-per-minute can help put people’s minds into ease; putting brains into a more productive mode where thinking are creativity are easier.
Recommendation: Concertos for Recorder – Telemann & Vivaldi
3. Instrumental Ambient Sounds
If you prefer a more modern flair, this may be the perfect option for you. Relaxing sounds of instruments can be paired with modern tunes to get the best of both worlds – so you don’t have to sacrifice a thing.
Recommendation: VSQ Performs the Hits of 2013, Volume 2 – Vitamin String Quartet
4. Nature Sounds
This type of “music” is perfect for those not so into classical music. It’s known for increasing concentration levels and keeps the listener’s mind engaged at a more subconscious level.
It also can be very calming, which is why many use it to help with meditations and to fall asleep.
What falls into this category are soundtracks of nature like waterfalls, rain or the sounds of the seashore rolling in.
5. Modern Electronic
Modern electronic is also commonly referred to as “chill out” music. The genres include Ambient House, Ambient Trance, New Age and Trip Hop.
They are known to relax the mind, encouraging it to roam. Be careful not to let it roam too much, however – you want to stay focused on the task at hand!
Recommendation: Music for Airports – Eno
6. Volume control.
Make sure that your background music is, indeed, in the background and is not distracting you or any of the students around you.
Think about it: it’s nearly impossible for you to be completely focused if your head is about to, um, explode. Keep the noise level to a minimum so that the study level is at a maximum.
7. Plan out your playlist.
Don’t wait until the time you’ve set aside for studying to create a playlist. Create it on your downtime so that, when it’s time to study, studying is the only task at hand and all you need to do as far as music is concerned is press play.
That way, you’ll be able to stay focused and won’t take any time away from what you should be accomplishing.
If you forget to plan ahead or don’t want to create your own playlist, don’t sweat it! There are some great resources that will do it for you, like the Study Music Project, which gives you a playlist of free study music each time you press play for more than an hour.
8. Break it up.
Plan your playlist so that, when it ends, it will be an indication that it’s your break time.
It’s helpful for you to not have to shift modes and have to worry about changing your music and you have the added benefit of never having to look at the clock because your playlist will function as a built in timer.
9. Studying is more important than music.
Avoid spending hours creating your playlist. After all, it should essentially just become background noise. What you should ultimately focus on is your studies.
You can spend hours on playlists for your road trips in the summertime when school is out!
10. The bottom line.
Whether you listen to any of these recommendations, Miley Cyrus, Tupac, or whatever else, it really doesn’t make a difference – as long as it works.
Remember: what’s most important – what actually matters is that whatever you’re listening to doesn’t distract you, calms you and truly puts your mind into study mode so that you can be productive and retain as much information as possible.
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I know, I know, I’m like ten years late to this show. But come on its the best show there is, bring Greek back 2018. The whole show centers around the life of college students and as we college students we can relate to almost everything that happens in the show. The girl drama, the boy drama, the will they won’t they and the fun times that are had. Throughout the show there are different couple pairings that involve all the main characters. Some are good and some are not so good, so here they are ranked by yours truly.
10. Rebecca and Cappie
Sorry guys, I know there were some that liked them. But Cappie dating the girl who hated Casey just is too much for me. Plus, they didn’t match really, the rich girl and the hippie guy. Come on this was pretty bad.
9. Evan and Frannie
This was just a way for Evan to get back at Casey and for Frannie to get that life that she always wanted with the rich boy. This obviously was doomed from the start since it was practically a transaction for the both of them. And Even cheated on someone…again.
8. Ashleigh and Simone The Professor
This was a short lived and somewhat awkward situation. Ashleigh started dating Casey’s law professor, who has this thing with paying for everything. At first it seemed like the perfect relationship for Ashleigh but then he started trying to control where she went and it was see you later professor.
7. Casey and Evan
I know they were the IT couple and just perfect for each other, but he was a jerk to her. And yes, after he cheated she did stay with him just for the benefits. But I mean he stole her from Cappie and continued to try to keep them apart. They were both just wrong for each other.
6. Ashleigh and Fisher
They were the secret romance that came into the light and then it went downhill from there. They seemed perfect for one another, but then he cheated again and again and again. But they are married in real life, so that is kind of perfect.
5. Calvin and Heath
We saw Calvin work through all the different types of college relationships, but he always came back to Heath. They met during the very first episode and made it through break ups and everything. So they deserved a spot on this list.
4. Casey and Max
Honestly Max was the sweetest thing ever. He was the hot dork that everyone wanted to love and he even gave up Cal tech for Casey! But sadly, their relationship couldn’t last when Casey finally realized that she was still in love with Cappie. Leaving Max heartbroken and off to England.
3. Dale and the land lady
I know you’re thinking why is so low, but it’s because good ole dale needs to be on here and this was his major relationship. This was the one that changed his world and made a man as one would say. So as far as relationships go, this one was big.
2. Rebecca and Evan
They both deserved one another. Yes, as the seasons went on Rebecca became more and more likeable and Evan not so much. But they are too alike to not be together, both came from the same background and they just got one another. Yeah Evan messed it up and hurt her, but they were great when they were together
1.Cappie and Casey
I mean come on guys, this was a given. Most of the show was centered around them and their on and off relationship. They were each other’s first love and they never stopped loving one another. They were so perfect for one another and finally realized it. They even drove off into the sunset together.
So, there were a lot more relationships on the show from the background ones, to the ones with people whose names no one remembers. But these are the top ones. So, here’s to me being ten years to the GREEK party and finally seeing why it was such a hit in the first place. Bring Greek back 2018!