Research from academics in American and France has shown that listening to classical music while studying can actually help us to score higher in our assessments. The effect is thought to mainly be due to the relaxing effect that classical music has on the body, allowing you to focus and ‘receive the information’ better rather than to stress.
Classic FM compiled a list of music that they think is best for aiding in the study process. The list is as follows:
- Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
- Goldberg Variations – Johann Sebastian Bach
- A Beautiful Mind – James Horner
- Well-Tempered Clavier – Johann Sebastian Bach
- Academic Festival Overture – Johannes Brahms
- Etudes – Claude Debussy
- Clair De Lune – Claude Debussy
- Gymnopedie No. 1 – Erik Satie
- The Hours – Philip Glass
- Piano Concerto No. 23 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Alternatively, you’ll find that YouTube is littered with classical playlists, or if you are an Apple Music or Spotify user you’ll find plenty on there as well.
So if you’re finding settling down to study a challenge, turn down the Bieber and pump the Bach. You just might find life a whole lot easier!