At The Kiski School, we prepare our boys for all of the challenges they may face after high school. This includes achieving a healthy work-life balance. In order to help our boys structure this, we have mandatory study halls every night in the dorms. This teaches the boys to set aside assigned time every day to study, and shows them that even with this mandatory focusing time, there are still plenty of hours in the day for fun.
When the boys sit down to study, they all have a variety of studying techniques. We like to help encourage each of them to find what works best for them so they can achieve the best results. In order to facilitate this, we’ve put together a list of music genres that should help retention of information during this study time.
While at first you might think that nature sounds would make you yearn for the great outdoors, research shows that sounds of nature can actually help you focus on arduous tasks. “Sounds of nature can mask intelligible speech just as well as white noise while also enhancing cognitive functioning, optimizing the ability to concentrate, and increasing overall worker satisfaction” say researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. While downloading a track of just forest noises may not be the most appealing to some, finding songs with any natural elements in them might just do the trick.
Ambient, electronic music is said to “relax the mind, encouraging it to roam.” While this may not be the most ideal scenario when you’re working on a math problem, it’s perfect for when your work requires creative problem solving. Because a large amount of the projects at The Kiski School involve hands-on learning and creative tasks, ambient electronic music could help you find a solution that was hard to see previously.
Go With The Classics
When we say Classics, we don’t mean Bruce Springsteen or any other classic rockers. We’re referring to Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and the like. The lack of lyrics and the overall calming qualities of classical music can do wonders for your concentration. However, it’s suggested to look for classical songs that are paced at approximately 60 beats per minute. Why you might ask? “It's the beats per-minute required to get the brain up to optimal revs,” says productivity writer David Allen.
Now, this is absolutely not the end-all be-all list of music you should be listening to while studying. Ultimately, it’s important to pick music that you like to listen to instead of music that irritates you. In fact, one study concluded that brain function decreased when subjects listened to music they disliked instead of music that they liked.
So, when you sit down to study, try some of your favorites mixed in with some of these suggestions. Notice if you’re able to concentrate more during the songs you listen to regularly, or if the new tunes help you focus and solve problems more efficiently.
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, private, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States. Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes AP and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.