Article by: Meg Barraca
Although Bearcats are a diverse group in terms of nationality, age, and interests, there are many commonalities we share. One of these, especially prevalent in ISM high schoolers, is a passion for listening to music.
Study playlists are popular among high schoolers, allowing them to block out any surrounding distractions as well as remain focused while working on long, tedious projects. Whether it be acoustic covers, Billboards top 100 songs, or the classical Mozarts and Beethovens, high schoolers have playlists tailored to their own preferences when it comes to studying.
Sophomore Hakeem H. likes listening to music because it helps him maintain concentration while studying. His study playlist is packed with pop music and acoustic versions or covers.
“On good days, I listen to pop songs because their upbeat tempo motivates me to get my work done”, he says. “On stressful days, I like listening to acoustic because it’s very soothing and calms me down.”
Hakeem continues, “Acoustics chase the stress away.”
In contrast, there are students who prefer the peace of silence over any form of music. According to a study conducted in 2010, listening to music while practicing memorization skills can throw one off and make one “confused by the various words and notes in the song playing in the background.” For several students, listening to music may be more of a distraction than a benefit due to catchy lyrics and fast-paced tempos.
Sophomore Tanvi A. likes to listen to music while writing or rewriting notes because “music helps get your creative juices flowing.” However, during study sessions, she prefers not to listen to music as she tends to think clearer without it. Her study playlist consists of artists such as Coldplay, Catfish and the Bottlemen, James Bay- songs she defines as “chill, indie music.”
Ultimately, ISM students have a wide range of genres and artists to choose from when it comes to music to listen to while studying. One click on Spotify and individuals gain access to millions of playlists, each unique in their own manner. Many students use these to their advantage- as long as they don’t get sidetracked by the catchy beats!