For my learning project I was going to use a new technique to writing down notes for my English class but we just so happen to be watching a movie till next week so I will not be able to try it out.
So, for this week’s learning project I am going to talk a little bit about music
Insert cheesy quote about how music is life blah blah blah (or just pick one you like from here).
This week I have not been able to stay awake during my Math127 class. Since I need to actually be awake to learn stuff, I decided to listen to some music while I attend my Math class.
To my surprise it actually kept me awake and more focused.
So I decided to do some researching about the effects of music. I know from my previous learning project post that listening to Mozart while studying improves brain cognition, but how did it help me stay awake? I am listening to music and my professor speaking, potentially splitting my attention to two subjects, and yet it helps me focus on my professor more.
A quote from this article states that “[m]usic activates both the left and right brain at the same time, and the activation of both hemispheres can maximize learning and improve memory.”
Hmmmm….If there are studies done on the benefits of listening to music while learning, why did my high school teacher to take off my earphones during class? It’s not like I had both of them in my ears or the volume cranked to the max, I just had it in one year and still paying attention to class.
In the case of my drowsy-during-math-class-syndrome, music was my cure because “[r]esearch has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness(added emphasis), and memory.”
So, a question for everyone, should we allow students to listen to music during lectures as long as only they themselves can hear it and they are still paying attention to the classwork?
BONUS! Here’s an album I am constantly listening to while studying. Hope you like it! My favorite is L’Indécis – Staying There.