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Romanticize Your Study Sessions with These Playlists

The environment that you study in can have a huge impact on how well you study. As college students, we spend a fair amount of our lives writing essays, cramming for tests, catching up on assigned readings and doing homework. Since we spend so much time studying, we should make it as enjoyable and efficient as possible. This is why I love to romanticize my studying. Music can be a great tool for setting the mood and getting focused on your work.

YouTube is an excellent free resource for studying music. There’s a playlist for almost any type of music you could want at your disposal. However, with so many options, it can be a bit overwhelming to find what works best for you. Here are some of my favorite study playlists that can help you romanticize your own study sessions.

For Writing Your Essays

This playlist features music from Jane Austen movie soundtracks, and it’s perfect for setting the mood for writing. Soundtracks are great for focusing because they were composed with the intention of being background music and aren’t super distracting. Plus, maybe some of Austen’s writing prowess will influence your own writing.

For When You Wish You Were at A Taylor Swift Concert Instead

If you’re looking for something a bit more modern, this playlist of “Red (Taylor’s Version)” piano covers is perfect for any Swiftie. The covers are done by the talented musician Minnz Piano who has covered several Taylor Swift albums. These covers are great because you can still enjoy pop music without being distracted by lyrics.

For The Pomodoro Technique Enthusiast

The Pomodoro Technique is a time managing system that can be super helpful for students. By dividing your work into 25-minute increments with short breaks, you can complete more work than usual. Even if you aren’t familiar with the Pomodoro Technique, this playlist can be a great way to try it out. It sets a timer for you while it plays lo-fi music and reminds you to take breaks. Personally, I find the Pomodoro Technique to work best when you’re not motivated to work or feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to do. Plus, it’s Rory Gilmore themed which can only help with motivation.

For The Lo-fi Lover

Lo-fi or low-fidelity music is an extremely popular music genre on YouTube that is geared towards creating a relaxing auditory environment for studying. This playlist is a twist on the classic lo-fi videos because it features lo-fi versions of classic songs like “La Vie En Rose” and “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” instead of just beats.

Morgan Holder

Alabama '24

Morgan Holder is a sophomore at the University of Alabama. She is a Dance/English major and has minors in news media and the Blount Scholars Program. When she's not dancing or catching up on her assigned reading, she can be found trying to learn Beatles songs on the guitar or watching The Great British Bake Off.
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