Does Music Really Help You Concentrate?…


Does Music Really Help You Concentrate?

Every student, has, at one time, tried using classical music to help them concentrate. It’s been shown that using classical music when you study will help you take in more information, right? They soon found out that it isn’t strictly true. However, there is a lot of evidence to say that music can help you concentrate, in one way or another.

Can Music Really Help?

In a study by AcademicBrits, they found that most students have tried the above study method at one time or another. They’re working from half-remembered studies quoted by the media that classical music can help you concentrate. Consequent studies have shown that the abilities of classical music to make you smarter may be overblown, but there’s no doubt that music can indeed help you study. The music you use may be slightly different, depending on you, your nature, and your work surroundings.

How Music Can Help

So, how does music help with concentration? It’s been found that music works best when you’re trying to concentrate on a repetitive or uninteresting for task. It could be studying for an exam, filling in a spreadsheet, or sending important emails. These kind of tasks are the hardest to concentrate on, so any noise around you can be distracting or even annoying. Think about how you’ve sat in the library or office, and been driven mad by a clicking pen, sniffing co-worker, or the tapping of a keyboard. The right music can drown this out and help you focus on the task at hand.

What Music Should You Listen To?

There are many different ideas about what you should listen to when you’re trying to concentrate. 1Day2Write have gathered together many of the options that are out there, that you can try for yourself:

• Video game soundtracks: There’s a school of thought that says video game soundtracks are the best soundtracks to use, as they’re designed to loop for a long time, and not interfere with what you’re currently doing. There are a lot of students who swear by this method.

• White noise: White noise is often recommended for people looking to concentrate, as it’s the perfect background noise. It’s not going to demand your brain’s attention as it’s a dull noise that can play endlessly. Many people already use it when they sleep, to help them drift off. Writer Andrew Jackson from WriteMyX says ‘White noise is perfect for me, as it helps me block out outside noise and concentrate on what I’m working on.’

• Sounds of nature: This study found that nature sounds, such as the sound of wind or a running waterfall, work just as well as white noise. The sounds are random enough not to bother you as you work, and they mask intrusive noises just as well.

• Songs you don’t care about: Music you love will distract you, as you’ll want to stop and enjoy it. Music you hate will be equally distracting, as you’ll be irritated by it. The best option is music that you don’t care about, as it can’t bother you one way or the other.

• Music without lyrics: Many researchers agree that music without lyrics is often the best way to go. When you hear lyrics, it can be distracting as you start trying to listen to it. Instrumental music can help you concentrate as it doesn’t contain this distraction.

There you have it. Music can help you concentrate, but the type of music you listen to will be up to you.

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Sherie Raymond

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Sherie Raymond is a personal development writer and editor at Origin Writings. She regularly writes articles for online psychological magazines…

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