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Music Recommendations for Studying or Writing!

I know so many people who study with music or some sort of white noise on. But most of the time, it’s distracting, and not much productivity happens with it. So I have a few recommendations! Whether you have a huge exam tomorrow, a 20 paged paper, or need inspiration to get started on a novel.

1. Piano music

Piano music is my favvvvv. And it’s a great “background music” kind of sound. I recommend pieces by both modern and classical artists like Ludovico Einaudi (his Divenire or Primavera), Brahms (his Intermezzo Op. 118), and a youtube channel that has a bunch of originally composed piano pieces made for studying called the Study Music Project. He has a lot of good stuff!

2. Movie Soundtrack music

Movie Soundtrack music is the best because it doesn’t have words. My most recent favorites have been Unlocking the Mind from the movie The Theory of Everything and Inception’s Time. Some good artists of soundtrack music are Hans Zimmer and Johannes Johansson.

3. Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals

Nothing is more soothing than the sound of quiet guitar in the background. It’s helped my study sessions and chores a lot easier to do. I haven’t listened to too many in a while, but a simple search in Youtube will help you find tons of good artists.

The main thing is, listening to music with words or having the TV on full blast doesn’t really help the productivity (if it DOES help you, great!). In case you needed some ideas, here ya go! Good luck!

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Study Habits to Work Into Your Life Routine

Hey guys! I know a lot of us who are students absolutely dread just the thought of studying. But I came across some interesting ideas and thought of a few of my own for helping you study. I’m still trying to work them into my own routine/schedule, but due to me not feeling well, having the energy to do that has been kind of down the drain.Β 

1. Exercise in between

This is good for keeping your body and mind healthy. If you have a book/textbook you’re reading or writing a study guide or something of the sort, create a system that involves a form of exercise. Read about 3-4 pages, then get up and do 25 pushups/25 jumping jacks to get the blood flowing. Sit down, read another couple of pages, and start a new exercise. This should keep you rolling for a good hour or two πŸ™‚ If you don’t want to do that, just walking around your room/apartment/house whilst reading is good too. Just don’t run into the walls!

2. Color coordinate your notes/rewrite your notes

This is something I do for my Music History I class. I have a notebook that I bring to class for notes and (luckily) my professor posts his PowerPoint slides online. When the week is over, I look over the slides we went through and rewrite my notes in a separate notebook. Then I highlight important things in certain colors. For example, I highlight names of people in green, terms in orange, and names of books/texts in pink. Every time there’s a new chapter, I start a new page in the notebook.Β 

3. Listen to inspirational music

If you like a calmer environment to study in, I suggest piano or acoustic guitar music. A good YouTube channel that has music specifically for studying is the Study Music Project. He does a great job creating piano music and I think he’s a medical student too! πŸ™‚ If you’re more of a person that likes to listen to fast paced, loud music, I suggest rock music that you can totally jam to! I’ve been listening to a lot of piano music, but also music that makes me feel like I’m in a movie (for example, Quintessence from the OST The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).

4. Friends

If you have a specific friend that’s good in your subject of study, ask him/her for help! If you have a big test coming up, it’s better to work with the people/friends in your class so you can gather your thoughts together. But don’t get distracted!

5. Drink what you like

If coffee helps you concentrate, drink your favorite drink! If you don’t have a specific favorite, tea or water always helps. It’s healthy and it should help you concentrate a little better than super sugary drinks.

6. Pace Yourself

It’s not healthy to go on and on for hours and hours on the same subject. You won’t retain as much and you’ll waste time. Pick a time interval where you can take breaks. Maybe every 20-30 minutes. Walk around a bit and go through in your head what you remember from your studying.

7. And overall, DON’T STRESS, YOU’LL DO GREAT :))

I got a lot of these tips from Bonneiver’s Studying Tips. I refer to this a lot for help with studying. I wish you luck on whatever you’re studying and I’m sure you’ll do great on your quiz/exam/final/paper/whatever you’re doing.

Have a good night guys! πŸ™‚Β 

Music, YouTube, and Homework. Yay?

Hi there! So it’s Sunday morning and I’ve gotten so distracted from Calc and Psych homework, so here I am! I think it’d be a good day to talk about some awesome music and some new things you could listen to. Here we go!

I think good artists are those who are not as well known. In my opinion, I like a lot of go-with-the-flow music, if that makes sense. Some good artists that I’m currently listening to are Colbie Caillet, Anna Nalick, and Jason Mraz. Their songs are awesome for concentration or if you want to listen to something calm/happy while going on walks or something. There are other artists I like that aren’t too well known that I absolutely love, like Tyler Ward, Tom Law, Β Alex G, Chester See, and a lot of others. If you wanna check it out, go ahead! I’m sure you’ll love them all. πŸ™‚

So about the YouTube thing. I’ve been thinking about putting up videos of advice and stuff to go along with this blog, but the last time I had a YouTube account, basically everyone in my class saw it, and it was embarrassing. I was a bit stupid at the time and singing in front of the camera is not the thing for me anymore. It’s a scary thing to put yourself out there, but if you have enough courage and strength, you can do it. Anyone can take that few minutes and take advantage of it positively.

So what do you think? Should I have a YouTube channel for advice and such? Or should I just leave it be? Please comment and tell me! I need support to do it or else I probably won’t do it at all. Mostly because I’m a lazy bum (just kidding haha).Β 

Well, I better get back to homework. Like I said, if you want me to start up a channel of advice and stuff, then tell me and I’ll see what happens. Any questions or things you need advice on? Tell me! I’m willing to listen πŸ™‚