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MUSIC: Your Savior or Your Downfall?

People say that music actually helps them to focus better. But, doesn’t it mean that if you are hearing music, you have two things to focus now? Does it really help?

Here are some facts that shows how music can help you concentrate.

#That annoying sound! ūüôĀ

Imagine you are in a library and you are trying so hard to study as tomorrow is your exam, but there are small annoying noises like a student constantly sniffing or the sound of keyboard hitting that affects your concentration. Perhaps, that is the time to listen to some music to help you focus. Or, you can just ‘cringe’ your way through those noises…

Hahaha

#Instrumental music

Notice how certain airports use slow, instrumental music to help reduce tense and anxious atmosphere or coffee shops like Starbucks playing the same ambient instrumental music.

This fact is quite spot on because instead of doing your Digital Marketing plan assignment, you might be doing your own version of Bruno Mars concert!

 

#Your personality says it all

It is said that introversion and extroversion of a person can also affect whether listening to music while studying works or not. Introverts prefer things quiet and thus, works better without music or only a little at best. Whereas, extroverts, being as they are, prefer it loud, so we can say they work best with music.

 

Personally, I prefer to work with music as it helps to psych me up! How about you? Leave your opinions and comments below. ūüôā

Seasonal students, which library antics suits your animal and tips to improve

Which animal are you? Try the quiz, and then read on tips on how the Library can help each type of animal.

Do you do all your work at the last minute?

  1. When else?
  2. Quite a lot of it: I do a late-night blitz in the Silent Study rooms on Floor 2
  3. Known to get up at dawn on submission day
  4. I can’t think of anything worse

Do you reserve short loan books you know you’ll need?

  1.  What?
  2. When I remember
    to log into my Library account
  3. Prefer to go in when the Library opens and get my books before anyone else
  4. Always

Have you experienced the Library at midnight?

  1. The night before a deadline, yes!
  2. My favorite time to be there
  3. I would rather get up early to do my work and then go to the pub
  4. Are you kidding?

Mostly 1:Wild-eyed mouse

  • Spend day and night running that rat race round the library for anything useful.
  • Tip: make a list of useful books

Mostly 2: Midnight owl

  • Prefer to work at night, only use the books that aren‚Äôt already checked out.
  • Tip: Request for book to be held

Mostly 3: Morning rooster

  • In the library 8:am sharp, but if short loan books already taken .
  • Tip: reserve a short loan book for certain day online

Mostly 4: The sea-lion that never forgets

  • Know you‚Äôve got all bases covered
  • Tip: Go one step further; get hold of unusual resources that aren‚Äôt on your reading list e.g.
  • Doc supply¬†: https://www.bl.uk/on-demand ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  • Article reach:¬†https://arlir.iii.com/

3 tips to boost your productivity for a successful semester

Stressed out by tons of assignments coming constantly? Here are 3 tips to help you reorganise your schedule and study more effectively for a successful semester!

Prioritise based on importance and urgency

In his best-seller “7 Habits of Highly Effective People“, Dr. Stephen R Covey proposed a method of prioritisation that ranks tasks to be done each week based on their levels of importance and urgency. While people normally¬†prioritise¬†both important and urgent tasks first, this problem-minded approach is ineffective in the long term. Instead, we should become more opportunity-minded by focusing on important yet non-urgent tasks, so that our schedule¬†will not be clogged up in the future.

Prioritisation Chart for Effective Time Management

Focus more with the Pomodoro technique

The main principle behind this technique is to break your work time into 25-minute intervals with short breaks of 3 to 10 minutes in between. This technique helps us fully concentrate on the task at hand, especially when we are so often distracted by many things nowadays.

Steps of the Pomodoro Technique

Save time with visual book summaries

Productivity Game is a great collection of short videos which perfectly summarise books¬†with various¬†topics. Whereas these books normally take you weeks to finish, Productivity Game lets you get hold of the books’ most important insights with only around 20 minutes. These videos are also¬†presented in a visually attractive way,¬†making it much¬†easier to follow.

Have you tried any of these methods before? Were they effective? Don’t hesitate to comment your experience¬†below!¬†

Sonic Study Tools; Music To Help You Concentrate.

Whether you’re at your desk struggling to get into the zone or in the library in need of something to drown out the sound of those dudes talking loudly about Game of Thrones; music is the answer.

Heres some artists and albums to help you switch off the world around you and get motivated;

Nightmares on Wax РSmokers Delight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ8CGOXrhks 

The 1995 album by Leeds mastermind Nightmares on Wax is a percussive funky journey to which I arguably owe my success in GCSE & A level. The tracks carry the right amount of minimalism to avoid distraction yet the perfect amount of switch ups to avoid you getting bored.

Kruder & Dorfmeister РK & D Sessions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCU36y5utlw&list=PL0B83276B1AC5C9C5

Produced in 1998 by Austrian DJ/Producers Kruder & Dorfmeister the trip-hop album is a mix of their originals and remixes that will have you locked for the duration. Rumour has it Dorfmeister will be playing in Hull this year…

J Dilla РVintage Instrumentals vol 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff9eDId1GtM 

Little needs to be said about this Detroit hip-hop legend. The late J Dilla often produced tracks for MC’s or his own lyrics however this album is a compilation of dreamy instrumentals which apparently never found vocals to fit. Let the snare take you.

Steve Reich’s Marimba & Piano Compositions¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG_1sjActCE

Minimal pioneer Steve Reich delivers compositions that simply take you away. Simple overlapping melodies and arpeggios with no drums keep you thinking without distraction.

Please post your own favourite study music below.

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