By Alyssa Canales
Being a college student during the pandemic is exhausting. I’ve come across a whole new set of challenges, one of them being Zoom fatigue. The only thing that seems to comfort my anxieties and help me focus is a well-crafted playlist. Although classes are online this year, it’s never too late to increase productivity with some light musical therapy. For my classmates that miss campus and need some extra help concentrating this semester, this list is for you. Here is a list of the five best Spotify playlists for studying.
If any of you are missing your favorite campus coffee shop because it’s closed, this playlist will transport you there. This collection of songs is cozy and subtle enough for studying alone or over Zoom with your friends. All you have to do is imagine yourself looking out the window at the big blue pyramid, sipping an iced coffee.
Deep Focus is a meditative playlist that is perfect for any all-nighter at home. This playlist will create a suitable study bubble to prepare you for any daunting exam. For those of you who procrastinate, last-minute studying doesn’t have to be done in silence anymore.
Another one of my favorite lyric-free options is Peaceful Piano. This playlist consists of 12 hours of harmonious background music to keep you engaged and relaxed. Grab your overly-priced textbook and begin studying from the comfort of your bedroom.
Jazz for Study
Jazz music is new territory for a lot of people, including me, but I would suggest keeping an open mind. When listening to Jazz for Study, envision yourself sitting in a comfy chair overlooking the horizon on the 5th floor of the library. If you are a smooth jazz enthusiast, or you just like soft elevator music, this playlist is your vibe.
Most instrumental playlists are compiled solely of just piano, but this list has a variety of sounds that will calm your senses and help you tap into the deepest parts of your brain. Soft Instrumental will allow you to concentrate easily and free yourself from distractions. If you are reviewing flashcards alone, this playlist is best to compliment your quiet environment away from campus.
The next time you find yourself feeling nostalgic and unable to focus, remember that an easy-going playlist can help you feel less frustrated. Click here to relax and start studying!
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