Make the Grade with Formstack’s Study Playlists

Written by Abby Nieten on August 24, 2012

Posted in Education

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A student’s study preferences are more influential than you might think. For students who prefer studying in silence, they might despise a roommate who likes to rock out while reading. Of course, both types of students can instantly pull an array of statistics to support their studying preference. Ever heard “85 percent of students got A’s on an exam after listening to alternative rock”? Yes, I just made up that statistic, and your roommate probably made one up too.

However, there is extensive research to support both sides of the “music + studying” debate – some claim that music increases fact retention while others assert that the distraction of music hinders studying. Here at Formstack, we’re pro-music, although we’re mostly long past the studying days. The most popular argument for the positive effect of background music and studying is the “Mozart Effect,” a set of research findings that claim that listening to Mozart while learning can improve an individual’s testing habits. According to three researchers from the University of California – Irvine, college students who listened to Mozart prior to taking a test scored higher than those who listened to a relaxation tape or nothing at all. While most college students don’t prefer to jam to Mozart while studying (although that does sound pretty epic), a research study out of California State University – Northridge determined that students who listen to their own preferred music performed better on a test than those who listened to music that was chosen for them. Basically, we think that means it’s totally fine to listen to “Call Me Maybe” while cramming for that history exam.

For those nights when you need to lock yourself in the library, we’ve created two sweet playlists to keep you from going insane during your study session. We all know that there are two phases to cramming for an exam: the pre-study motivational period, where you mentally prepare yourself for the  all-nighter in the library, and the actual study time. Fortunately, we’ve created the ideal playlists for both phases that include catchy tunes for the energy boost and calm ones for the reading time – or vice versa, if you prefer. If you’re a Spotify user, click the links below to download the playlists. We’ve included the track lists for everyone else. Happy studying!

Formstack’s Pre-Study Motivational Playlist

1. A-Punk, Vampire Weekend
2. Lights, Ellie Goulding
3. Cracks Feat. Belle Humble (Flux Pavilion Remix), Freestylers
4. We Found Love, Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
5. Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO
6. Joker and the Thief, Wolfmother
7. Kids, MGMT
8. Rock You Like A Hurricane, Scorpions
9.  It’s Tricky, RUN-DMC
10. Loud Pipes, Ratatat
11. Tongue Tied, Grouplove
12. Move Along, All American Rejects
13. All The Small Things, blink-182
14. Lose Yourself, Eminem

Formstack’s Ultimate Studying Playlist

1. Your Bones, Of Monsters and Men
2. The World at Large, Modest Mouse
3. Pa Pa Power, Dead Man’s Bones
4. Holocene, Bon Iver
5. Last Known Surroundings, Explosions in the Sky
6. The Funeral, Band of Horses
7. We’re Going to be Friends, The White Stripes
8. Under the Bridge, Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. Make You Feel My Love, Adele
10. Airplanes, Local Natives
11. Myth, Beach House
12. Svefn – G – Englar, Sigur Ros
13. Simple Song, The Shins
14. I Got, Young the Giant
15. West Coast, Coconut Records
16. Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol