Staff Picks: “What’s your favorite music to listen to while studying?”

Christina McLaughlin, opinions editor, said:

“When I study I have a few playlists I use interchangeably depending on my mood and the amount of actual concentration I need. If it’s for a class I really struggle in, I have a playlist called ‘Intense Studying,’ which is basically light piano music and gentle love music. When I just need  to get into the zone for a while, I have a playlist of my top songs of 2017 on Spotify or a huge A Day to Remember playlist mixed with Papa Roach and Three Days Grace.”

Skylyr Vanderveer, multimedia manager, said:

“My go-to playlist for studying is called ‘sad covers of pop songs.’ It’s not really a sad playlist — it’s more of unplugged versions of popular songs. It’s super chill and helps me block out the chaos of the residence halls.”

Jenna Kopec, co-editor-in-chief, said:

“I don’t normally listen to music while I study. When I do I probably go for soft ‘90s pop just because it’s not too distracting and I know most of the songs already.”

Sydney Stoneback, multimedia and visual design assistant, said:

“I listen to literally anything and everything when I study, from country music to dubstep to classical piano. It doesn’t really matter what music is playing, as long as it’s super loud I’ll be able to get a lot of studying done.”

Michaela Greer, co-editor-in-chief, said:

“To be honest, I usually don’t listen to music when I study. I tend to have a documentary playing in the background instead. But, if I do listen to music, it’s usually jazz or classical though I sometimes still find myself head-bobbing or pretending to play the piano.”

Madelyn Rinka, news editor, said:

“I don’t really listen to music when I’m studying. It’s not that I find it distracting, I just don’t feel like it helps me concentrate that much. I prefer white noise like a fan or just the regular sounds of the residence halls.”

Carli Lutz, chief of visual design, said:

“When I’m studying or working on projects I tend to listen to a playlist I made on Spotify of acoustic pop-punk songs. They’re not crazy loud and distracting and I already know the lyrics to most of the songs so I’m not focused on deciphering lyrics or anything, which makes it easier to focus while I study.”

Diego Galvez, sports editor, said:

“My favorite music to listen to while studying is chill, relaxing music. There’s nothing better than hearing some jazz or some indie music. I personally like the live lofi hip hop radio video on Youtube. I feel that I can concentrate better when the music I listen to is just instrumental or without lyrics. It helps me stay focused yet entertained.”  

Nicole Chavannes, copy editor, said:

“I alternate between several different instrumental playlists when I’m studying. I can’t really listen to songs with lyrics, because I’ll either begin trying to learn the lyrics if it’s a song I don’t know or belt along to the lyrics if I do know it. Instead, I’ll listen to an ‘Instrumental Study’ playlist on Spotify, or a John Williams playlist or some classical music. I enjoy a live streaming of lofi hip hop on Youtube, as well. The playlist really just depends on my mood, but it’s almost always purely instrumental.”

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