IF picking a playlist was your first step in studying, you’re more likely to have a high grade point average, according to a new study.
A survey of 2,000 Americans examined the link between music and study habits and found that those who play music were more likely to have a GPA above 3.2 (84 percent versus 78 percent).
Results showed that half of those surveyed recalled regularly listening to music while studying (49 percent), and 60 percent said they learned better with sound in the background.
In addition, this percentage is likely to increase for younger students.
Overall, 58 percent of 18-25 year olds said they listened to music while studying, compared to just 41 percent of 58-76 year olds.
And this trend is continuing beyond the classroom and into the workplace.
Currently, two out of three Americans listen to music at work. Most of these respondents feel more productive at work listening to music (89 percent) and said they look forward to working more (84 percent).
Of those who listen to music while studying, 80 percent agree it is therapeutic, and three in four say it has helped them absorb information better.
Likewise, 81 percent of those who listen to music while studying said it helps make their learning experience more enjoyable.
Respondents shared some of their favorite songs to learn, including Agnes Obel’s “Riverside,” Bob Seger’s “Against the World,” or even Drake’s “God’s Plan.”
The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of CSU Global, found that classical music (31 percent), R&B (28 percent), and country (28 percent) are among the top genres people would recommend for a productive study session.
And some didn’t just stick with music, but also cited nature sounds (30 percent), real-life sounds (26 percent) and podcasts (24 percent) as pleasant background noises while studying.
“There are a variety of platforms that students can use to support their study habits, whether it’s an instrumental music playlist on Spotify, a calming meditation on Calm, or the sounds of rain on YouTube,” said Dr. Christina Agvent, program director for teaching and learning at CSU Global.
“There is something that suits every student’s preferences and learning styles.”
The survey also looked at the differences between those who enjoy listening to music while studying and those who don’t, finding that of the two-thirds of respondents who said they focused on school, the Majority listened to music while studying (58 percent). ).
Those who listened to music while studying were also more likely to use mnemonic devices, note cards, or other creative tools to memorize information (52 percent vs. 36 percent).
This could be why music listeners were able to take tests more easily (64 percent vs. 45 percent) and felt better prepared for regular classes (80 percent vs. 66 percent).
While the average person spent five and a half hours studying each week, those who enjoyed music spent closer to seven hours a week.
It’s no surprise, then, that 58 percent of respondents agree that schools should consider allowing students to experiment with background music while studying to improve their concentration.
“Listening to music while studying can be an extremely helpful tool for some students to improve their concentration,” said Dr. avent.
“I encourage everyone to explore different genres or different sounds to find what works best for them to support their educational experience.”
TOP GENRES TO LISTEN TO WHILE STUDYING
Classic – 31 percent
R&B – 28 percent [TIED]
Classic – 28 percent [TIED]
Country – 28 percent
Rocks – 26 percent
Old favorites – 26 percent
Gospel – 25 percent
Jazz – 23 percent
Hip hop – 22 percent
Pop/Top 100 – 21 percent
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