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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at PSU chapter.

As we get deeper and deeper into spring semester, more exams, assignments and essays start to pile up. A way to help ease that stress is to try and make your studying experience more enjoyable.

How to do that?

Well, for me, listening to music helps me stay on task, complete my assignments and even enjoy the work I’m doing.

However, there are a lot of factors I consider when selecting the playlist I’ll be listening to.

The assignment, my mood, stress levels and even the weather all have an effect on what I choose to listen to.

I tend to be a bit particular with my music choices, so here is a list of the music I listen to ease my experience while doing school work.

Instrumental Music

If I’m feeling a bit anxious, whether that be from the stress of an assignment or something going on in my life, I found that chilling out with an instrumental soundtrack helps me to center myself and aids me in calming down a bit.

I tend to listen to instrumental when doing a particularly taxing assignment or study session.

For example, I get easily confused when dealing with math, so I found that the slow and lyric-less tempo helps my focus and confrontation.

And of course, since I am a huge Taylor Swift fan, my choice of instrumental music to listen to is none other than Swift’s songs set to pianos.


This is for my fellow “Gilmore Girls” fans.

This may be very niche, but sometimes I feel the need to channel a fictional character.

Whether that be Rory Gilmore as displayed above, or a character from a beloved book, I tend to enjoy listening to a fan made soundtrack of their life.

This helps to add a bit of fun to the usually boring act of studying.

pREGAME playlist

We’ve all been there, right?

Quiz at 9 p.m., but the party starts at 10 p.m.

So, don’t be ashamed to study/take a quiz/do homework to a pregame playlist.

In all honesty, it is so fun to be in a good mood while studying, and nothing puts me in a better mood then listening to Nicki Minaj.

So, even if you’re not going out and are simply at the library midday, try putting your favorite pregame playlist on to lift your spirits.

Liked songs

No one knows your liked songs and taste better than you.

So, if you’re in the mood for the familiar staples in your life, put your liked songs on shuffle since they rarely dissappoint.

My liked songs help me when doing school work being I’m not as invested in skipping songs I don’t know or don’t like from playlists since I obviously “liked” all my liked songs.

Also, listening to your liked songs on shuffle is a bit of fun, and if you’re anything like me, it’s likely to give you whiplash.

“TitĂ­ Me PreguntĂł” by Bad Bunny followed by “Glimpse of Us” by Joji seems like an odd combination, but speaking from experience, it has never let me down.

I hope this article helps with all your studying playlist needs.

Happy listening and happy studying!

Chelsea Nakhleh is a sophomore at Penn State University studying digital print journalism.