What do you do when you’re in the library trying to study for an exam when the person sitting next to you won’t stop clicking their pen? If you’re anything like me, you like to avoid confrontation at all costs so you pop your headphones in and try to keep focusing on your work. What you listen to through those headphones matters though, because not all music is created equal when it comes time for studying.
Personally, the type of music I listen to largely depends on what type of work I’m doing. As an English major, I do a lot of reading and writing papers, but I also do some good old fashioned studying as well. In this post, I’ve broken down my all time favorite music for studying into those three categories so that you can listen along as well.
This post was inspired by Kayla’s over at kaylablogs.com. Go check her out!
Reading requires the least distractions and is the easiest studying/homework activity to get distracted from. That’s why I usually read on the second or even third floor of our library where I’m guaranteed some peace and quiet. Apart from that, I can’t handle too much music while reading, but I do love a bit of ambiance and relaxation.
My favorite thing to listen to while reading is Roger Winfield’s Aeolian Harps layered over the sound of rain on a tent. The combination is incredibly relaxing and has enough melody to make sure I don’t fall asleep, but also enough ambiance to make sure I don’t get distracted.
When you write a lot of papers, the whole process can get old pretty fast. Because of this, I find epic motivational music to be the best for writing papers, especially music from film scores. My go-to playlist for writing papers is called Epic Paper Writing Mode, created by girlwholovestoread on 8tracks. The music on it is really, well, epic. It includes tracks by composers like John Williams and Hans Zimmer and has gotten me through MANY papers for the past four years.
Here’s where it gets a little more interesting and variable. If I’m reviewing for a test, copying down notes, making flashcards, or something like that, I still try to avoid music with words but I enjoy a variety of different classical composers. I played piano for about nine years so I’m highly partial to piano music, but you can check out a few of my favorites below.
Debussy’s Complete Preludes are gentle, pretty, and nice.