Is it true that learning with music in background....
For some, listening to music during study is a regular thing. However, does it more efficient or just distract you? Is it really strengthening your brain? What the specialists say about it. Let’s check it!
Is learning with music good?
Pros and cons of listening to music while studying
benefits of listening to music while studying
If you are a person that can concentrate with noises around you, it will relax you and set the pace to your work. If you prefer a soundless space to study, use music during your breaks for a meal or coffee. You can easily modify your mood like that… that’s the next point.
How often does music unwind, make you slightly happier, slightly more distance to the world, feel like you can conquer the world and move the mountains? Without doing anything special besides listening to different songs. Know your “buttons” to steer your mood accordingly
Obvious! Movies or podcasts will distract you too much, but music? Music is perfect, if you know what works for you.
It is said that background music or music played while the listener is engaged in another activity boost cognitive functions in adults.
” Studies have shown that sounds like vacuuming, sneezing, roadworks and children yelling outside have a more detrimental effect on concentration than listening to music. If you need to focus in a noisy environment, playing gentle music to mask the distracting background racket may well be beneficial. Or use those noise-cancelling earphones to create a silent space for study.“
Disadvantages of listening to music while studying
Multitasking — human brain is a super machine, though it still has some limitations. The common mistake is the idea that multitasking is doing a few tasks simultaneously. Though, it’s more like your brain is switching between the tasks very, very quickly.
You are probably using a device connected to the internet with thousands of destructions and flashy things fighting for your attention. Let’s be honest when you see YouTube your first thought is not “Ah, that will make me learn so much better…”. It’s most likely a memory of a funny video you watched an hour ago and would not mind seeing again… Now… maybe?
It’s a dual distraction factor.
If you get used to learning with music exclusively, you are narrowing your abilities and possibilities. Classical conditioning… dig in the topic.
You will be limited to perform activities in some way only. In this case, every time you start learning you feel the need to put music in the background. Possibly you will develop an inconvenient belief “I can learn only with music” which won’t help you live a boundless life, either.
– Not everybody can focus with sounds around them – so they end up not being less productive during the studies, tired and even more frustrated
– Sudden changes in music, lyrics, favourite parts of the songs – that all can call your attention and cause, guess what?
– You waste time: changing songs because you do not feel like listening to them today, looking for the next great one or any other reason – have your pick
– You don’t give the brain a chance to focus entirely on just one activity.
Creating a constant habit of learning with music, you become dependable on music carrying out your learning process. So you are tight up to look for proper environment, headset, playlist or whatever more you need because you cannot learn with (or without)…
Which songs to choose? Maybe you “don’t like” any of classic or do not want to like. Perhaps you choose one with great lyrics that suddenly it “Earworm” you? Maybe it’s too long or too short or different than scientist says… How to make a choice, a good one?
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How to maximise your hours of study?
1# Learning with music? Have a playlist ready
Prepare a playlist in advance to avoid frequent disturbing — like every 3 min when a song is finishing… Besides avoiding long pauses to find the next best one, that can easily turn into hunting for new sounds taking your focus in the opposite direction you wanted. You can be more strategic in choosing music on your list — planning which mood you want to achieve and picking songs accordingly.
Studies conducted by Petr Janata proved strong connection between music, memory and emotions.
Have you ever asked why the words of a song are more straightforward to remember than the periodic table of elements? That is because your brain seeks patterns to improve its ability to comprehend, remember, and process information. For the same reason, music producers have always included a hook in the songs, most often referred to as an earworm or catchy part.
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Effects of music on learning and memory
#What is an earworm?
Earworm occurs when a part of song is stuck in your brain, recalling itself over and over again (driving you insane on the way). Unfortunately, you just cannot through it out of your head… believe me, many tried.
Luckily, there always happens to be a loophole that you can use as a life hack for enhancing your brain’s memory. The most straightforward example is some language courses that structure the study material to fit music with catchy tunes.
Some specialists argue that it’s not about the type of music you choose, but about how well your brain latches on to the song’s rhythm.
– Beauty in Line
How to maximise your hours of study?
2# what kind of music helps you concentrate and How to choose the best music for studying
What kind of music helps you concentrate? You have probably known for a long time that researchers confirm the benefits of classical music in studying.
Since professionals recommend it — maybe it’s worth discovering the world of classical and instrumental music. Isn’t it? Choose your new favourites and blend them with some other tunes you like.
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what kind of music helps you concentrate
Can you not enjoy your favourite songs at all?
Of course, you can—possibly not all of them, but many. Avoid complex music with lyrics that will tempt you to listen. It’s not time for any music you would like to dive in deeper.
You don’t need to limit yourself only to sounds of nature, classical music or piano pieces.
In some cases, the subject you study will not be new or demanding. That is, you will not acquire much new knowledge but rather strengthen what you already know. If so, you can choose the music of your preferred genre.
Find an interest in discovering what works for you best, with which music you remember the most, and recall the knowledge in days after the study. Sometimes everybody may face less than a great day, so do not take easy results based on a one-time thing. To check your thesis, make a few tries (for what works or does not work for you)
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3# Moderate volume
When music is played at a moderate volume, the brain can focus on the main activity (learning). In this case, the music has a relaxing effect, which helps maintain the continuity of the learning process. Mental exhaustion also lowers.
When is silence better than learning outcomes with music?
1# Despite the benefits that learning with music can provide, it’s not a good idea to use it as the exclusive method of studying. Getting dependable will not make you any favours in the long run.
2# If you need quiet for effective learning
3# When you feel like it.
4# If you district easily.
5# When the material you study needs more mindfulness and focus.
6# You have to do complex tasks.
7# Silence can save much of your time. Any loss of concentration is a decrease in performance.
8# Noise exhaust you faster.
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