Study Music

I can’t believe it is already April! Exams are just around the corner and finals are coming up faster than I would like. That means that it’s time to log out of Netflix and really get to work!

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I try to get as much work done as possible during the week and on weekends, but sometimes it is just so hard to concentrate when there are so many other things that I would rather be doing. For me, the right study music is essential for me to be able to get anything done. Here is what I listen to while trying to complete specific tasks:

*Disclaimer: I am a Disney fanatic, so most of the music that I use to study are Disney related 🙂

1. While Concentrating or Studying a Difficult Topic: Piano Music

When I am studying for something that requires a lot of concentration, I make sure not to play music with words in it. I also will not listen to music that is really epic or intense since sometimes that can distract me from reading the textbook or concentrating on a difficult topic. Instead, I listen to slow piano music. My personal favorite types to listen to are the Disney Piano instrumentals that you can find by typing in “Disney Piano” on YouTube. I like these because they are songs that both put me in a good mood and at the same time help me to stay focused on the tasks at hand.

If the piano music still seems to be distracting, sometimes I put on an ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) video. I like to play Harry Potter white-noise videos that feature a crackling fireplace in the Gryffindor common room or the bubble of a potion boiling in Snape’s classroom. Hearing these noises help to calm me down if I am nervous and worried about an exam while I am trying to study.

4 hour Disney Piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3j0AdcNJpI

Harry Potter ASMR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyYB-txU6Jg&list=PLjFwUFnGRUqN9pIvCq6TS1FMaJNxX0KEv

2. Tasks that involve practice problems: Upbeat and Intense Soundtracks

If I am studying for a subject that involves doing practice problems, I find that it gets really boring and tedious very quickly. If I listen to slow piano music, that makes me feel tired and I lose motivation during a long study session. That is why I chose to listen to upbeat music instead! The Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack or Game of Thrones soundtrack works best for me since they are intense and most of the songs are fast-paced. This helps me to keep up with my work and prevents me from daydreaming or losing interest in the topic I am studying.

Pirates of the Caribbean Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMQh-rhWaz8

Game of Thrones Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRd4ARUQkbQ

3. Getting work done: Various Instrumentals

When I am trying to write a paper or finish projects for my classes, I tend to get distracted quickly and procrastinate, and that leads to the task taking a lot longer than necessary! I need to listen to music that will keep me going and help me not get bored. Personally, I like listening to “themed” music, for lack of a better term. For example, I like to listen to music that transports me to a different place. For me, this music tends to be instrumentals, like Celtic or Japanese instrumentals. I also like listening to the themed Disney World area music, since I really like those themes.

Celtic Instrumental: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiwuQ6UHMQg

Japanese Instrumental: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyieFu7BnHE

Disney’s Expedition Everest Area Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrSWblCsAhk

 

Good luck on exams and finals, and I hope these music suggestions help you to be more productive too!

Making Time for Reading

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my first semester, it is that college is really hectic. Every day you have to get up, eat, run to catch the bus, and attend class. Then after studying and doing homework, it feels like you have no energy to do anything else! Last semester, I got caught up in that busy lifestyle, and I lost track of something that is really important to me–reading.

Although school may get really busy at times, and it might be hard to find time for fun, I have learned that it is really possible to make time for a hobby like reading! Here are some of the techniques that I have started using to incorporate reading into my daily schedule:

  1. Read an e-Book

Today, there are so many phone apps such as Nook, Kindle, or iBooks that make it really easy to take books with you wherever you go. I use these apps to add some reading into my day, either while I am either waiting for a class to start, waiting for a friend at the dining hall, or even while I am on the bus! Using a phone app means that there is a book waiting for you and it is literally a tap away. It is easy to use, and makes reading more convenient for the busy student and eager reader.

  1. When you make an agenda, add in reading time

As I make a list of all the tasks that I want to tackle for the day, I also make sure to include “Reading time” as one of them. Whether it be 10 mins, 30 mins or an hour, I make sure to remind myself to read each day so I don’t fall behind on my reading goals. Writing it down as a part of a daily schedule means that every time you look at your task list, you are reminded that reading is a part of your daily goals!

  1. Choose shorter books

During the semester, I choose short and exciting reads (mostly YA books). These books grab your attention very quickly and are usually very fast-paced, making it easier for you to stay interested in the book even while your head might be thinking about other things. Personally, I have noticed that if I try to start reading a long and dense book during the semester, I usually do not finish it. Sometimes I would forget what took place, or sometimes I would lose my emotional attachment to the characters and then have no motivation to continue reading the book. Also, reading shorter books means that you finish them more quickly. The more books I finish reading, the more motivated I get to read more!

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A hefty book like the Hamilton biography might be harder to read during school since it is so long and dense. A smaller book like Throne of Glass is a quick read and captures interest quickly!

 

I hope these tips are helpful for anyone who wants to incorporate a little more reading in their daily lives. At school, it is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of homework, exams, and extracurriculars, but it is always worthwhile to add in some “me-time” for something relaxing and fun!