Hey there, everyone! Inspired by all the posts, support, and such I have received from the studyblr community, I want to share my thoughts and advice about studying with you.
Today, I’ll be focusing on the music I listen to while studying – specifically, that which is available on YouTube. I’ll save my favorite Spotify playlists for later, as well as as my fave film scores. Mind you, the videos I’ll link below contain film scores, but are compilations and/or medleys (that someone spent a lot of time working on and can’t be found anywhere else) instead of full scores (which you can find anywhere).
Listening to music while studying motivates and inspires me, but more than anything it helps me concentrate. I can’t stand to listen to myself think, and according to all my past roommates I’m a very loud typist, so I need something playing softly in the background to help me tune out everything else.
While I’m always happy to discover new music (well, new to me anyway), I find myself returning to the same pieces over and over again if they aided my concentration excellently the first time. I highly recommend trying out some instrumental pieces during your next study session; see how it works for you!
P.S. I ultimately decided to split this list into two parts because, as it turns out, I listen to a ton of music and my original version of this post was getting way too long. You can expect part 2 in a few days!
Here we go!
Yes, I have listened to all six hours of this mix! More often, though, I listen to it for somewhere between one and three hours, which is how long it takes me to either finish the project I’m working on or get bored of this music and find something else to put on.
I found this in 2014 or 2015, so it’s gotten me through high school and well into college. I’ve listened to it so many times that I know the approximate timestamp of my favorite songs without having to check. It’s introduced me to a lot of great film and TV scores, too, and from there I (usually) go on to watch whatever it is that these great songs are from!
There are many similar compilations on YouTube, including an 8-hour mix by the same channel, but this one is my favorite because it’s so familiar to me.
(It’s my favorite one on either part one or part two of this list, as well.)
This is soooo relaxing. While I do appreciate some of the more energetic pieces in the Lord of the Rings, sometimes what I really nice is relative peace and quiet. It’s nice to listen to while getting some reading done.
If you, like me, are skeptical that Game of Thrones music can be calm and relaxing, then give it a listen for just five minutes and see how you feel. This compilation is taken from seasons one through four, so it is a little out of date but beautiful nevertheless.
Who’s ready to KICK some ASS writing an ESSAY?! Meeeeee. If I’ve been listening to quiet, kinda slow music and it’s just not cutting it but I still want to listen to something instrumental, this is what I turn to. And I start writing like the wind!
This playlist is from 2014, so it doesn’t include anything from the last few series. But that’s OK. It’s the “greatest hits” of Doctor Who, basically.
A Doctor Who version of that ambient Lord of the Rings mix, I suppose? There are a lot of people in the comments saying that this is peaceful enough to fall asleep to, although I prefer to stay awake because, um, there’s no other way I’ll get all my homework done on time.
And here is something in line with the Wonder Woman mix I mentioned earlier. Compiled in time for the fiftieth anniversary, this medley never fails to spark my creative genius when I’m trying to write a story for workshop or whatever.
Sorry about all the Doctor Who music… but it’s so so good for studying! If you’ve ever felt like listening to “I Am The Doctor” and only “I Am The Doctor,” then have I got the playlist for you. Ahhhh I love this melody.
What music do you love listening to while you study? I’m always on the lookout for something new, so be sure to leave your recs (and while you’re at it, links to them too pls?) in the comments below!
Thank you so much for all of these- I’ve been dying under school stress recently, and the Wonder Woman and 6 Hr Medley ones have been EXTREMELY helpful!
To be honest, most of my study music is from Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek OSTs. The Lord of the Rings soundtracks are also really nice, but Star Trek is the best for when I need to be motivated, ahaha. https://open.spotify.com/user/eviline_lunette/playlist/5ZTxYTsKPzBehlIhkq1qDi
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