Listening to music while studying

Rap seldom finishes his Kumon worksheets without plugging in his iPod. He also does this when he studies his lessons. I don't have a problem with that because he accomplishes his tasks faster and more efficiently with music. He becomes more focused and he retains more information from what he's reading.
Studies have proved that listening to music enhances learning and IQ (especially if it's classical music). However, a study made in 2010 by researchers at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff, UK has found that listening to music may not be helpful when memorizing facts or lists. Hmmm... I think I'll have to disagree with this. When I was still studying and memorizing for an exam, I also listened to music and I tend to associate lists or facts with a certain song. This makes me remember more. It doesn't matter whether it's classical or pop music.

Different strokes for different folks, so they say. It's best for you to find out what works best for your child. Help him find out what type of music helps him study more. Observe if the lyrics of a song distract him or if upbeat tunes make him finish homework faster. Remember that listening to music can also be a great bonding time for you both.

Speaking of bonding through music, Rap and I have now started to jam! He now plays chords on his piano keyboard while I sing which is so fun. We're planning on recording our jamming sessions, by the way, but we'll need to check out some usb mics that we can use first.

What's your take on this? Do you approve of having your kids listen to music while studying?

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  1. christine b. batillerFebruary 2, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    personally i tried listening to music while studying when i was still a student.  i am having a hard time concentrating on my studies.  i prefer talking to myself (like reporting to a class) so that i will be able to focus.  it really depends on the child, if he can concentrate on his studies while listening to music, then its ok.

  2. yes i will. i used to do it when i'm still studying and it really helps me a lot. i used to wake up early in the morning kasi so i need extra music also para hindi nakakatakot kung ako lang mag-isa ang gising. hehe. but seriously it stimulates my brain more so i'll let my son to do the same too when he's studying na.


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