Monday, December 3, 2012

How music can help you study

A six-part fugue from The Musical Offering, in...
A six-part fugue from The Musical Offering, in the hand of Johann Sebastian Bach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Where, and how we work is as unique as our handwriting. Some people can work in a busy, bustling room. Whilst others need silence and solitude to help with concentration. Some need an ordered and tidy workspace. Whilst others can work amidst the chaos of piles of paper and books. And then there's the question of music.  A source of frustration to some, others find it helps generate a buzz, an energy. In fact, when it comes to music, some experts now claim it can in help optimize our concentration.

Author Dr Joseph Cardillo has penned several books on the subject. In his latest, Your Playlist Can Change Your Life, Dr Cardillo, along with his team, suggests using music to get the best possible performance from a person. That's because the choice of music can boost motivation, or refocus your mind. For Dr Cardillo, it's all about achieving a balance between having the energy to do the work but remaining calm enough to get it done. After all, if you are listening to music when you're working, it shouldn't be distracting you. So if you find yourself singing along to the tune, or tapping your pen to the tempo, your work isn't getting your full attention. Meditation along with music is another suggestion, and some experts even recommend doing this the night before to get you in the mood for work or an exam the following day. And others suggest simply interspersing music with work.
 Now, when it comes to a specific type of music, the virtues of classical music have long been bestowed. Some claim it makes you smarter, others reckon it improves memory. So in 2004, a study was done by

Professor Arthur Harvey , world renown researcher and expert in the field of music and the effect on the brain, also called neuromusicologist. From his research, Professor Harvey found that listening to Johann Sebastian Bach, doesn't make you smarter, but it does help the brain to function better than any other genre.
This finding was backed up with other research done by a team by from Stanford University School of Medicine a few years later in 2007. The study analysed images of brain activity when the person was listening to short bursts of 18th-century music. It found that music helped specifically when it came to paying attention and memory functionality. Furthermore, brain activity was at its maximum during short intervals of silence between music.

Nowadays, there is a whole vein of music dedicated to helping people concentrate, such is the belief it works. A quick search online throws up dozens of You Tube music videos for just that. So if you're study for an exam, or penning that end of term paper, then why not try using music to help. Otherwise, there are other tools. For instance, for essay writing tips, check out reputable sources online such as those available UK Essays. It has put together handy how-tos and easy-to-use tips for this very subject.

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