Zairel Luna Staff Blogger
Midterms are less than 2 weeks away, so here are a couple of song suggestions and tips for making the perfect study playlist this midterm season! It may not be everyone’s cup of tea to listen to music while studying, but it has the potential to be incredibly helpful. Music allows people to be more productive, and sometimes even develops encouragement for longer studying. Here are some tips for choosing songs, and my favorite study playlist at the moment:
Be sure to involve a majority of instrumental songs, unless you want to listen to classical music. This allows a more modern approach toward a study playlist. For reference, I will list a couple of songs that may fall under the instrumental song category: Enjoy Right Now, Today by Tyler The Creator Devil Eyes by Hippie Sabotage, Intro by The XX, Us and Them by Pink Floyd, and Technicolour Beat by Oh Wonder.
If you find this music isn’t up your alley, you can also try listening to the sounds of nature such as rain, waves crashing, or animals. The point is to find songs that have more background noise than actual lyrics, which can sometimes be distracting.
When listening to your playlist be sure to not have the volume blasting. Lower volume will establish a sense of comfort and help keep you focused. Remember- the actual point to the playlist is to study!
Aim toward making your playlist at least 45-60 minutes long, as this will allow you to develop a time frame of a single sitting in which you can just press play and study until the end of the playlist.
It is okay to have 2-3 hype songs that will amp you up for an hour or two of studying.
Below you will find my suggestion for the perfect study playlist:
Enjoy Right Now, Today by Tyler, The Creator
Fantasy by Alina Baraz & Galimatias
Sunshine by Atmosphere
Myth by Beach House
Devil Eyes by Hippie Sabotage
Might Not by Belly feat. The Weeknd
Don’t Kill My Buzz by Cisco Adler
Intro by The XX
You & Me by Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle
Drop the Game by Flume & Chet Faker
Clint Eastwood by Gorillaz
Us and Them by Pink Floyd
Able to See Me by Hippie Sabotage
Location by Khalid
The Way Life Goes by Lil Uzi Vert feat. Oh Wonder
Rockin’ by The Weeknd
Spectrum by ZEDD feat. Matthew Koma
Unfazed by Lil Uzi Vert
Midnight City by M83
Float On by Modest Mouse
The Man Who Sold the World by Nirvana
When I’m Small by Phantogram
One Last Night by Vaults
Loft Music by The Weeknd
Buzzin’ by Shwayze
How to Fly by Sticky Fingers
Waiting for My Ruca by Sublime
Technicolour Beat by Oh Wonder
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