Study Music to Help You Perform Higher on Exams

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We’ve all heard of the renowned research that playing Mozart to babies makes them smarter, but did you know the same effect can be said for adults? According to research published in Learning and Individual Differences, listening to classical music is beneficial for the brain as it decreases stress and anxiety levels, increases focus and relaxation, and improves sleep patterns. French researchers found that students who listened to classical music in the background prior to taking a quiz performed higher than students who didn’t.

Maybe EDM, rock, or hip-hop is more your thing, but I personally enjoy a good twinkle tune now and then when I get into some heavy cramming. Here is a collection of my favourite classics guaranteed to (hopefully) get you an A on your next exam:

Songs to Get You Out of Bed, a playlist by rustudentlife on Spotify

Song list:

  • Erik Satie – Gnossienne No. 5
  • Erik Satie – Gymnopédie No.1
  • Dmitri Shostakovich – Waltz No. 2
  • Mozart Fantasy in D Minor
  • Chopin – Nocturne Op.9 No. 2
  • Franz Liszt – Liebestraum – Love Dream
  • Claude Debussy – Clair de Lune
  • Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata
  • Yann Tiersen – Comptine d’un autre ete l’apres midi
  • Howard Shore – Concerning Hobbits

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Jessica Huynh

Jessica Huynh

Jessica Huynh is a Creative Industries student specializing in Storytelling in Media and Curatorial Practices. Huynh is interested in visual culture and creative writing. In her spare time, you can usually find her reading up on the latest conspiracy theories surfacing the web.

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