Your semester has probably started, and as we’re slowly beckoning for summer to arrive, already you’re wishing for it to end so you can hit the beach, isn’t that right? If this is the case, remember: not everything about going to class is bad. Try looking at the bright side of things or else you won’t be able to make it through the semester.
You can anticipate the feeling of summer, however, with a bit of music while you’re studying. The good thing about studying is going through a million Spotify playlists. If you’re anything like me, you’re used to doing this. What sometimes comes to mind is, “will listening to music be good for me or will it affect my attention?”.
Well, several studies have shown that listening to music before studying or performing other tasks that require your total focus can be beneficial. It improves your memory, attention, and reduces the levels of anxiety and depression.
Recent research from academics in the US and France has found that listening to classical music while studying can actually help students score higher in their assessments.
With exam season well underway here in the UK, we want to give students a helping hand wherever we can, particularly after new figures released by ChildLine showed a concerning rise in the number of young people seeking help for stress.
Therefore, to help combat stress levels, the team at Classic FM has revealed a list of the top pieces of classical music to help students get the most out of their revision.
From relaxing melodies for starting the process to pace-quickeners for those last-minute cramming moments, classical music can both calm students down and make them more receptive to new information.
Classic FM presenter, Bill Turnbull, has shared his experiences of listening to classical music while studying. He said: “When I was revising for exams, it wasn’t unheard of for me to lose concentration, but listening to classical music was a really simple and effective way to stay focused and keep my nerves under control.
“Last year, thousands of students tuned into Classic FM to help them get through the busy revision and exam period so, this year, we have created a list of the most relaxing, inspirational, and motivational pieces to help them keep their eyes on the ball.”
So, taking into consideration the presenter’s words of wisdom, turn down the Beyoncé, and turn up the Bach - here’s a countdown of the top ten classical tracks which could set you on the road to exam success:
10) Piano Concerto No. 23 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
9) The Hours – Philip Glass
8) Gymnopedie No. 1 – Erik Satie
7) Clair De Lune – Claude Debussy
6) Etudes – Claude Debussy
5) Academic Festival Overture – Johannes Brahms
4) Well-Tempered Clavier – Johann Sebastian Bach
3) A Beautiful Mind – James Horner
2) Goldberg Variations - Johann Sebastian Bach
1) Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
If you feel exam stress and revision is getting the better of you, get in touch with the team at ChildLine for help and support by calling their free confidential helpline on 0800 1111. Also, support is available from a counsellor online through 1-2-1 chat. The team also has some top tips on getting the best out of revision.Reuse content