Do You Jam When You Cram?


With a majority of students starting, trudging through, or regretting their first round of exams for the semester, it's an appropriate time to address listening to music while studying. Do you jam when you cram? When asking people about their musical preferences while studying (without disrupting their concentration of course), there seemed to be a few reoccurring themes. Moreover although I received a broad spectrum of artists and genres, I was able to sift through the selections and divide them into various groups. The groupings are as follow:

Chill/Relaxing Vibes

When reviewing for exams it’s typical for students to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Once these feelings start to stir, studying becomes nearly impossible and productivity hits an all-time low. In order to alleviate the tension and maintain some sanity, students view music as a way of keeping themselves calm and relaxed. When the stress levels start to climb and you’re on the verge of a breakdown, closing the book and just putting on a relaxing song can ease the mind quite well.

Some chill artists to check out are:

Mungo Jerry, Artic Monkeys, John Mayer, Lana Del Rey, Mumford & Sons

Concentration Station

Another recurring theme that arose when conversing with various students was the idea of utilizing music as a way of channeling their concentration. Let’s be honest, we all know that when it’s time to study what’s happening on Facebook or Twitter seems much more important than that 8 am exam, and just about anything is better than reviewing notes for hours on end. Therefore, some people find that some mellow, soft music in the background can help maintain concentration and avoid the numerous distractions.

If you’re looking to focus, try out:

Bach, Mozart, instrumental, classical, jazz

Get Pumped?

Although I don’t typically associate energetic music with studying, some of the students I talked to claimed that listening to pop/upbeat music aids in their studying endeavors. At first I was very confused as to why people would listen to artists such as Miley Cyrus when studying, but I guess if the music puts you in a good mood then why not? Additionally, some people viewed studying similar to a sporting event and in order to get into the zone, they tend to listen to music that pumps them up before they dive into the books.

Pump yourself up with some:

Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, Martin Garrix, MGMT

No Music

Although a decent percentage of students admitted to listening to music while studying, a great number also claimed that jamming while studying just doesn’t work for them. I can sympathize with those students because as soon as I turn the music on while the books are out, the air guitar comes out and my desk instantly turns into an impromptu drum kit. In short, I totally forget about the whole ‘studying thing’ and get lost in the wonderful world of music.

So next time you’re about to hit the books, give listening to music while you study a shot and let us know how it works. Meanwhile, for all of you still preparing for your exams, best of luck!

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What We ThinkNick Bartek