Five tips for curating the perfect study playlist

We all know that music is good for our brains. We react to it in countless ways, without even realizing it.

But when it comes to curating the perfect playlist to help you focus, it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. You have to figure out what works for you. Below are some genres and tips to consider:

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According to Dr. Masha Godkin, “Music activates both the left and right brain at the same time, and the activation of both hemispheres can maximize learning and improve memory.” With all this activity happening behind the scenes, classical is ideal as it doesn’t have any lyrics to distract you. If you can Handel it, try this classical Baroque playlist (sorry, we couldn’t resist).

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Listening to music with natural elements can improve not only your mood but also your focus. If you’re in a loud setting, nature sounds or white noise can diffuse chatter, which will also help you from being distracted. Look for music with waves, rain, or a crackling fire. Give this playlist a whirl during your next study session.

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This genre of music is designed to evoke an immersive environment to enable focus and minimize distraction, so it’s no wonder that some people swear by it. In fact, there’s a whole genre of focus video game music to discover, and you can start with this one if you’re ready to take it to the next level.

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This genre offers perfect, soothing chill-out sounds for studying, writing, and notetaking. This playlist is also exclusively instrumental.

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If you often get anxious while you study, you might want to try meditation music as it tends to counteract stress while quieting the mind. Any music that makes you feel relaxed and open would have the same effect.