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Do You Listen To Music While Solving Quant Questions?

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I was just wondering!

I like to listen to songs while solving math problems - It puts me in the groove!

I don't blast the roof off or anything; just pleasingly loud that's all ;)

and I listen to classic rock mostly - The Who, Led Zep, Queen, AC/DC, Van Halen etc.

Anyone else with this weird habit?
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New post 05 Feb 2011, 09:39
I used to listen to FM radio and my fav music during the time I was studying calculus, trignometry during my under grad. But GMAT is a different beast I think, :) . We need to solve the problem in less than 2 minutes, and the timely solution needs full attention. So I didn't follow my old habit during GMAT study.
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New post 05 Feb 2011, 10:48
i did that heavily....i like the same kind of music...check out th Black Keys, theyre new but good and bluesy
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New post 05 Feb 2011, 10:52
I used to always listen to music while working accounting problems but luckily I stopped. I know it isn't as fun, but I promise the music is a detriment to your studying. I pound powdered caffeine now to make the quant stuff more tolerable haha.
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New post 08 Feb 2011, 23:17
I swear by Enya / Enigma for background music - stimulates the mind
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New post 08 Feb 2011, 23:18
shr30 wrote:
I swear by Enya / Enigma for background music - stimulates the mind


yes... It does :)

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New post 14 Feb 2011, 12:45
agreed - the Matrix OST ( any of the three) - Don Davis / Juno Reactor is good as well!
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I can't every do with music while doing serious work. It just distracts me. At work I listen to music all the time :lol: . Pandora rocks !
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I listen to music all the time while studying! Even Tejano sometimes...lol. I've got to try out Pandora though, thanks for reminding
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New post 18 Feb 2011, 00:09
Pandora is great!! I listen to it while working as well !
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I like listening to Jazz. And anything without lyrics like instrumental. Lyrics distracts me. :D
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New post 24 Mar 2011, 07:42
music usually just ruin my mood for gmat :(
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New post 24 Mar 2011, 12:34
If I listen to music while studying, it can't have lyrics or else I get distracted. Enya is still fine though.

I try not to listen to music that often while studying though, since we wont be able to listen to music while taking the exam.
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New post 29 Mar 2011, 13:41
i do not listen to any music when I study, although I take frequent breaks for tea, water, and something to get my mind off studying, about once every hour or so

just to break things up
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I am in love with solving quant problems while listening to song by "The Who"
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New post 29 Mar 2011, 18:25
i read a study about studying with music, unfortunately i cant find it to put a link here for it. but the gist of it was:

they did a study about the effects of different types of music while studying on the performance on the related tests. they com up with the results that the most effective music was baroque music, but with the caveat that it was playing while studying and while taking the test [ in this scenario the music actually stimulated better and deeper understanding while studying and the performance on the test]. however when they just played the music while studying and not when taking the test subjects didn't have improvement and small percentage did worst....

wish i could find the link...it is a very interesting study...if anyone knows about it please post the link....
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i read a study about studying with music, unfortunately i cant find it to put a link here for it. but the gist of it was:

they did a study about the effects of different types of music while studying on the performance on the related tests. they com up with the results that the most effective music was baroque music, but with the caveat that it was playing while studying and while taking the test [ in this scenario the music actually stimulated better and deeper understanding while studying and the performance on the test]. however when they just played the music while studying and not when taking the test subjects didn't have improvement and small percentage did worst....

wish i could find the link...it is a very interesting study...if anyone knows about it please post the link....


Baroque music is supposed to have a calming effect on people. Some people listen to it while meditating because it supposedly stimulates the production of alpha waves in our brain. In the alpha state, the brain is much more receptive and thus allows the info to sink in... However, while taking the actual test people are not able to get into that alpha state. If somehow, they could get into the alpha state while taking the test, they would have definitely improved!
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New post 29 Mar 2011, 20:01
actually the interesting part of the research was the fact that: the high number of notes in baroque music make a deeper stimulation of your brain, i dont remember how they explained it, which leads to deeper and more focus understanding... however if you studied with music and tested without it it actually could have a little divers effect... but again if something works why fix it!!!!!
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New post 29 Mar 2011, 20:04
hmmmm... What do you think of this:
What if the person listened to music before and after each study session, would that lead to increased retention? If so, wouldn't the students perform better if they listened to some baroque just before the test?
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