How classical music can help with study

How much do you know about study techniques?

Hopefully, you’ve taken a look at our Study Smart tutorial on exam prep, listened to your lecturer’s advice, and maybe even organised a study group.

But what else can you do to ensure that you are studying as effectively and efficiently as you can?

Well, research shows that listening to classical music helps.

Dosseville, Laborde and Scelles’ paper Music during lectures: Will students learn better?, published in the Learning and Individual Differences journal, found that students who listened to a one-hour videotaped lecture in which classical music was played in the background performed much higher on a multiple choice test given after the lecture, in comparison to a control group of academically equal students who had listened to the lecture without classical music. 

The researchers speculated that classical music puts students in a heightened emotional state, therefore making them more receptive to information, and influenced their motivation to remain focused.

Research has also shown that listening to classical music can reduce anxiety and help with relaxation. In addition, listening to classical music (and rock music!) can increase cognitive ability.

So turn on some Tchaikovsky, blast some Beethoven, listen to some Liszt, and study away!