Jamming on the grind: Is music while studying good or bad?

David Terayama, Staff Writer

When I prepare for a competition or write an article like this one, I play some music to help me focus and dial in. For many, music serves as an effective coping mechanism. When completing AP World History assignments or writing essays, I often have my Airpods on listening to lofi hip hop or pop. 

Studies have shown that listening to music while studying can have many benefits for students. According to a study done by Florida National University, music helps students focus, help control their anxiety, boost performance, and provide motivation.

Many students may find it difficult to focus when they are studying. They may be trying to read a textbook or completing math homework, but their thoughts keep wandering. Music can help to combat this by providing a source of stimulation and pleasure that can help to focus the listener’s attention. 

According to Harvard Medical School, music activates the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory. Music also activates the motor system and synchronizes emotions with the mood of the music. Dopamine is responsible for this boost in emotion and brain activity, leading to a more effective study session. Listening to music can help students focus on the task at hand and block out distractions which leads to better studying and grades. 

Another benefit of music while studying is that it helps control anxiety. Anxiety can be a major barrier to effective studying. It can cause distraction, negative thinking, and physiological symptoms such as a racing heart. For students who get anxious about taking tests or giving presentations, music can be used to calm down and mentally prepare.

Finally, music can help to keep students motivated while they are studying. It can provide a sense of energy and enthusiasm when students are feeling overwhelmed. Music can be a great source of inspiration and can help students push through and persevere.

To all the students who find themselves at their desk, struggling to get stuff done, consider putting on some tunes.