Because of today’s technology, it is not often that you walk into a study hall or library and see students without earbuds or headphones in. It seems music has become a necessity for students who are studying or doing their homework.
Some people, such as parents, may argue that this can be distracting for students who lack the motivation to get their homework done. But studies show that it actually has the opposite effect. Listening to music while doing schoolwork has the same effect as it would if you were listening to it while working out or running.
According to Colorado State University research, depending on the type of music you listen to, it can act as a stimulant and draw your attention away from any fatigue or boredom.
Personal experience also shows that most of the time while learning or studying in school, there is something else going on. So having background noise such as music while studying at home creates the same kind of environment for the student. Especially at home, if you have earbuds in it can create a sort of “wall” to block out any other distractions that may be occurring.
Students also have a lot of stress to deal with, especially in high school. Students in the Colorado research also found that music aids in stress relief. It takes away any feelings of anxiety you may be feeling about big tests or projects.
If music is soothing to you, it calms the body and evokes a more positive emotional state.
When studying for a test, students usually get the results that they are expecting. If they go into the test with a negative mindset, thinking they are going to fail, chances are they probably won’t do well.
Music can help to motivate the student and bring out a positive mindset going into a test.
There have been studies of the “Mozart” effect, which holds that melodies can improve cognitive functions and increase concentration levels.
While most students aren’t listening to Mozart nowadays, it is said to work with music that the person studying personally enjoys as long as it doesn’t have a heavy bass beat and isn’t too loud. This is where it could be distracting for the student.
Lyrics could also be a complication when trying to read or write. Finding something that doesn’t have lyrics, even if it’s not Mozart, can make a big difference in your study habits.
Emily Weber is a junior at Lancaster High School.