According to a recent study, working with music in the background can make you more productive. Not only that but studying with music can raise your GPA, too…as long as you chooses the right tactic.
Studying With Music Will Grow Your GPA
Do you enjoy studying with music more than in silence? If it helps you focus, you’re in luck — per a recent survey by OnePoll, students who study with background music have a better chance at a high GPA. In fact, most responders who listened to music seemed to have a GPA above 3.2. Out of 2,000 participants, 49% said they usually turn on their favorite beats when they study, and 60% said that they found their process to be more fun and productive that way. For 58% of responders, it’s easier to focus at school if they complete tasks to music. Meanwhile, over 80% do it just to enjoy the experience.
While music is the most popular studying soundtrack, background noises, nature sounds, real-life noises, and podcasts were also top choices preferred by 30%, 26%, and 24% of participants, respectively.
“There are a variety of platforms students can tap into to aid their studying habits, whether it’s an instrumental music playlist on Spotify, a soothing meditation on Calm or rain sounds on YouTube,” said Dr. Christina Agvent, program director of teaching and learning at CSU Global. “There is something out there to fit every student’s preferences and study styles.”
Why Is Working With Music Advantageous?
But using music to be more productive isn’t just for studying…working with music has the same benefits. Studies show that two out of three Americans listen to music while they work, and 84% of those people find themselves excited to work more with the help of these tunes.
Since the ’90s, studying and working with music has been shown to improve concentration and productivity. At that time, a study proved that classical music like Mozart’s sonata improved students’ spatial reasoning skills and test scores. Because of that, music’s effect on problem-solving skills has been called “the Mozart effect.” Why Mozart? It was simply popular at the time. Right after that, the Blur effect took over when students started to fancy listening to a British pop group called Blur as they studied. Of course, it made sense that younger people preferred pop music to Mozart.
Yet, not everyone believed in music’s ability to increase productivity. While some agreed, others stated that the effect is temporary. Some studies found that listening to classical music was more about boosting participants’ moods than intelligence.
Nevertheless, it’s clear as day that enjoying music while studying or working can be beneficial. Studying for tests and exams can make students stressed and drained, thus preventing them from remembering new information. And listening to music can help them relax. Choosing beats with a faster pace, on the other hand, can have a different effect, maximizing students’ and workers’ motivation. So, find a playlist that you enjoy and match it to your mood. “Listening to music while studying can be an extremely helpful tool for some students in improving their focus,” Agvent said. “I encourage all to explore different genres or other sounds to discover what may be the best fit for them in aiding their educational experience.”