Not so long ago there was no way of bringing music to the library. Nowadays students can bring their noise and music with them anywhere they go. As a parent, you may be concerned that using headphones will be a distraction.
Did you know?
- A recent study by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Emma Gray revealed that listening to music can put students in a better frame of mind to learn and remember new facts. (Source: Listening to music while you study makes you smarter, Scoop Media)
- A 2012 study showed that university students scored better on tests in difficult subjects when listening to music of their choosing. (Source: Music & Studying, Bankstreet College of Education)
- For many students, listening to music can be an effective way to block out unwanted noises. (Source: How to Block Out Noise while Studying, Residential Acoustics)
- Background music with acoustical variations can interfere with short-term memory performance, and listening to music with lyrics while reading can hinder comprehension. (Source: Don’t Listen to Music while Studying, Spin Education)
- A student who listens to their preferred type of music while studying is more likely to be distracted, calming music is less distracting than arousing music, and introverts are more likely than extraverts to be distracted by background music. (Source: The Impact of Listening to Music on Cognitive Performance, Student Pulse)
Since there’s no clear right-or-wrong answer, you’ll need to monitor your child’s performance before you decide to allow him or her to listen to music while studying.
Kumon Learning Centres recommend 11 ways to help your kid stay focused this season:
- Set expectations early.
- Manage distractions.
- Establish rules for homework time.
- Do “homework” at the same time as your child.
- Create a designated place in your home for independent study.
- Restrict texting and phone calls during study time to homework-related questions.
- Offer incentives for completing assignments on time and without complaining.
- Use positive reinforcement and verbal praise.
- Communicate homework expectations to after-school caregivers.
- Work with teachers and instructors to establish short- and long-term goals.
- Learn what work style works for your child – including whether he or she studies better with or without background music.
For more study tips, be sure to read my last post, Organizing Kids for Back-to-School.
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