Improving PSLE Scores, GCE, IGCSE and Score A1 or A* by listening to music? Here’s some truth to this theory. Excellent Singapore Education.
USA Today talks about choosing music to create a state of mind to study. Tailoring the music to the subjects we are studying can help us to achieve an Eureka experience.
What improvements do we get from music?
There’s research into how music alters the state of mind of a person, and music helps students to elevate the mind to study better. But on the flip side, listening to the wrong music can be disruptive to the mind as well. Music can help students focus better, concentrating on the task at hand and shut out the rest of the world.
Here’s some pointers:
Feeling lethargic? Listening to uplifting inspirational music soothes those aches away.
Feeling too Hyped? Slow the pace down by listening to calm music. This helps to lower the stress levels and calm down the mind.
Comprehension minus lyrics:
When we read, music that has singing disrupt our brains efforts in comprehending texts, splitting the workload into listening to lyrics as well as simultaneously trying to understand texts.
However, subjects that does not contain language like Mathematics and Arts will have lesser effects to lyrics in songs as our brains uses different parts for studies and listening to lyrics.
Music Amplifies Emotions:
Music can amplify the feelings of a person. We can use this to great effect. Doing Mathematics requires positive encouragement. Listening to empowering music helps. Literature students reading or Artists painting a piece uses music can amplify their emotions with music and make their art even more emotional and powerful. Unfortunately, amplifying feelings like frustrations or anger will not work for studying Maths, Science, etc, for obvious reasons that it makes students angrier and more frustrated that they are working so hard.
Optimism with Happy Songs
Listening to happy music keeps the mind upbeat. Being optimistic is a vital ingredient in keeping our stamina up, doing long hours working/studying away without thinking about all the bad things. Its a really good way to feel good by listening to cheerful music and tap our feet to the beat.
Makes Studying Enjoyable
If you love music, that is the best way to make studying enjoyable. If listening to your favourite music means you can study longer without feeling monotonous, enjoying your favourite tunes and yet getting those chapters crunched, then its a good enough reason to read. That sure beats not studying at all.
SMS, Facebook, Instagram or Music?
Given the opportunity cost of studying time is spending time on social media/computer games or other distractions, listening to music makes sense. It is definitely less disruptive than texting someone or craving for more computer games. Put on headphones, then shut out the world and annoyances.
Myths vs Truths
Myth: Listening to music stops you from learning. We have research that say listening to Mozart for 10 mins increases temporarily the IQ levels of test subjects. That is because music fires up your synapses and connects your brain with your senses. With that amount of brain activity, it preps the brain by warming it up. All ready to do some heavy duty studying.
Truth: Students from top schools like Harvard, MIT, Stanford, etc. listens to music when they study. Agreed. The idea is to listen to the right music. Have a formula that works for you. Just make sure understanding what works for you and what doesn’t. And ace your exams.