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Does music help or hinder your studying?

Written by Aliyah Edwards on . Posted in News

Walking on to St. Francis College campus you always see someone with earphones permanently latching on to their eardrums.

musicheadphonesEspecially now with the fall semester coming to an end, students will be relying a lot more on their iPod, iTouch, and MP3 players.

At this point of the game, these battery charging devices have become a necessity to our everyday life and our will to function.

St. Francis College student, Shirley, openly admits “music, video games, and the internet, are practically a must for me.

"Whenever I feel like school work is over-bearing it’s easier to listen to something or play a game that helps to keep your mind going, so you don’t feel as though you are stuck doing one thing.”

For other students, though, music can be somewhat of a distraction to their work ethic.

St. Francis student, Esther, says, “Loud music or any form of music breaks my concentration. I can only function in complete silence, meaning no television, no stereo, no nothing. But music does help me to relax after I’ve taken an exam.”

According to an article from the Washington Post, a study was conducted to show whether or not students could function with music.

Results showed that “… the ruckus of multi-tasking may make them [the students] learn less, and to use the wrong parts of their brains to store information.”

However, the Washington Post followed up on another study involving music and students and found “… the best way is to listen to music is with no words, like classical, or even music that is familiar so that there is no longer thought involved.”

Apparently the brain of a busybody student can only focus on one task at a time. When the student is listening to music, he or she only has enough room in the brain to listen to the lyrics and therefore, cannot focus on their academic work.

In the end, it all depends on the way your brain is programmed. There are some students who find music to be extremely vital to their way of working and everyday life, whereas other students find it better to work in complete and utter silence.

The only thing that truly does count in the end of the semester when everybody is cramming in time to study for finals and handing in papers is -- what did you learn from what you studied? And can you restate that information when needed to?

One thing is certain though. You won’t find a question on the final exam asking you to recite the lyrics to a Lady Gaga tune -- unless of course it is Professor McSherry !

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