Most of us like to jam out when weâ€™re studying. (I know I do!) I have a wide range of different music I love to listen to when Iâ€™m studying. It all depends on the subject and environment. While not all these recommendations will apply exactly to everyone, try mixing and matching to find what works for you!
For reading-heavy classes, like English, history, and sociology, I like to listen to movie scores and classical music. I promise you itâ€™s not as weird as it sounds! It makes you feel like whatever youâ€™re studying is an adventure, and there arenâ€™t any words to distract you from what youâ€™re reading! You can find them on Pandora (my preference), Spodify, YouTube, or iTunes!
Recommendations: I love the scores to the Harry Potter movies, as well as the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and pretty much anything Hans Zimmer has scored. Try listening to the score of your favorite action/adventure/fantasy movie!
For problem-solving classes, like math, science, and finance, I like to listen to pop and upbeat musical soundtracks. If you listen to soundtracks, itâ€™s like the story is happening in your head, and it makes the problem solving go much more smoothly (Iâ€™m not a huge fan of math so the story happening makes it more fun).
Recommendations: The Wedding Singer (favorite; â€œSaturday Night in the Â Â Cityâ€), Heathers: The Musical (favorite; â€œDead Girl Walkingâ€), The Addams Family Musical (favorite; â€œOne Normal Nightâ€), and [title of show] (favorite; â€œDie Vampire, Die!â€)
For essay writing, I have to jam out. It needs to be fast, loud, and keep up with my insane typing. Itâ€™s also really good if I know the words already, so if Iâ€™m singing along, itâ€™s like second nature and I donâ€™t have to think too much about it. I really like classic rock, some throwback alternative and whatever is on the â€œTodayâ€™s Hitsâ€ station on Pandora.
Recommendations: Classic Rock: â€œSurrenderâ€ by Cheap Trick, â€œDetroit Rock Cityâ€ by KISS, and â€œHeartbreakerâ€ by Pat Benatar. Throwback Alternative: anything by Paramore, â€œOnline Songsâ€ by Blink-182, â€œDressed to Killâ€ by New Found Glory. Todayâ€™s Hits: â€œUma Thurmanâ€ by Fall Out Boy, â€œUptown Funkâ€ by Bruno Mars, and â€œTake Me to Churchâ€ by Hozier.
For exam studying, I have to have something chill and relaxing. Easy listening and hipster mixed together. My friends are really good at finding these kinds of tunes. I find mine from movie soundtracks.
Recommendations: â€œAt Least it Was Hereâ€ by The 88, â€œSuperstarâ€ by Sonic Youth, â€œAsleepâ€ by The Smiths, â€œBlue Mondayâ€ by Flunk, and â€œAll I Want is Youâ€ by Barry Louis Polisar.
It doesnâ€™t matter what, where, when, or how youâ€™re studying, if youâ€™re listening to music that pumps you up, youâ€™ll definitely have a much better time getting into the studying groove.
What do yâ€™all like to listen to? Do you have anything that gets you in a studying mood? Let me know in the comments! I love finding new music to listen to!
*Warning: some songs may contain explicit language and content.