Exam Season – How music can help students survive the trauma of revision

Liverpool Guild of Students

Liverpool Guild of Students

With students across the country gearing up for the crucial part of the year, Getintothis’ Sarah Pitman offers a helping hand to her fellow classmates.

It’s that time of year again; Exam Season.

Every student dreads this, whether it’s due to the mountain of work you haven’t touched over the festive period, or the fact that you have to memorise an entire semesters worth of work and then be examined on it.

If you are anything like me, you’ve probably left all your revision until the last minute and have been procrastinating (which is what I’m doing right now.)

Revision is a dull task but it has to be done, we need to find ways of motivating ourselves. I’ve tested a few methods such as having a TV break or rewarding myself with a treat when I reach a new topic but this usually just leads to me binge watching Netflix and eating a chocolate bar while my notes just sit on my desk. These methods don’t work as my notes sit on my desk, unread.

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However, my best revision takes place when I’ve got my headphones in and listening to some music, as I’m sure many of our readers will agree.

It’s been found that listening to music can cause the release of dopamine in the brain, increasing the happiness of a person and improving motivation, plus it just makes revision that little bit less boring. There is nothing worse than sitting in silence, which is why I’ve asked around to find out what my fellow students listen to, to help them revise.

Each person is different, some people will prefer classical, ambient or just instrumental music, but you just need to be aware of what works for you and what helps you focus on the task in front of you.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a handy playlist of some select artists we think may help you in your hour of need. Now stop reading this and get back to your revision!