People who play music while studying are more likely to have a higher GPA, new survey finds

By Dollar Gil

If choosing a reading list was your first step while studying, you’re more likely to have achieved a higher GPA, according to a new survey.

Of those who listen to music while studying, 80% agree it’s therapeutic and 75% said it helped them process the information.

The survey of 2,000 Americans examined the link between music and study habits and found that those who played music were more likely to have a GPA above 3.2 (84% vs. 78% ).

The results showed that half of the respondents remember listening to music regularly while studying (49%), and 60% said they could study better with the sound playing in the background.

Of course, younger students are more likely to multitask while jamming. Fifty-eight percent of 18-25 year olds said they had listened to music while studying, compared to just 41% of respondents aged 58-76.

And this trend continues beyond the classroom and into the workplace. Currently, two out of three Americans listen to music while working. Most of these respondents feel more productive at work when they listen to music (89%) and said it makes them work harder (84%).

Similarly, 81% of those who listen to music while studying said it helps make their learning experience more enjoyable.

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Produced by OnePoll on behalf of Global CSU, the survey found that classical music (31%), R&B (28%) and country (28%) are among the top genres people would recommend for a productive study session. But Rock and Oldies are not far behind, at 26%

Some students only listen to music, but others cited nature sounds (30%) and podcasts (24%) as their favorite background sounds during their studies.

Those who listened to music while studying were also more likely to use mnemonic devices, such as note cards or other tools to help them remember information (52% vs. 36%).

This may be why music listeners felt they had an easier time taking tests (64% vs. 45%) and felt better prepared for regular lessons (80% vs. 66%). .

While the average person spent five and a half hours studying each week, those who loved music were more likely to spend more than seven hours per week.

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“Listening to music while studying can be an extremely helpful tool for some students to improve their concentration,” said Dr. Christina Agvent, director of teaching and learning program at CSU Global. “I encourage everyone to explore different genres or other sounds to find out what might work best for them to facilitate their educational experience.”


Classic – 31%
R&B – 28%
Country – 28%
Rock – 26%
Old favorites – 26%
Gospel – 25%
Jazz – 23%
Hip hop – 22%
Pop/Top 100 – 21%
Instrumental soundtracks – 21%

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