Students Who Listen To Music While Studying Have Higher GPAs

A poll found that students who prefer to listen to music while studying tend to have higher GPAs than those who don't.

By Jessica Marie Baumgartner | Published

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The connection between learning and music has been studied for years. But now a recent Colorado State University (CSU) Global survey, conducted by OnePoll, is displaying the connection between higher GPAs and listening to music while studying. Of the 2,000 students polled over half admitted that studying to background music helped them to focus

Music may reduce stress and anxiety when going over classroom materials. In addition to this positive effect, students who listen to music while studying were also more likely to have a Grade Point Average above 3.2. This isn’t genre specific, although different sounds have helped students focus. 

30% of respondents found it beneficial to listen to nature sounds. Classical music is the number one recommended genre listed for productive studying, followed closely behind by country and R&B. While half of Americans admit that they have regularly listened to music during their studies, younger students were more likely to do so. 

An overwhelming 80% of students surveyed noted the therapeutic effect of listening to music while studying, and 75% believe that this practice helped them to better absorb information. This data can help educators incorporate music listening practices to aid students throughout lessons and during tests. By offering them the opportunity to hear soft background music, anxiety and frustrations may be reduced. 

64% of students noted that music helps them through test-taking sessions, and 80% claimed that listening to music aids them to feel more prepared for class. Being that this is a poll based on students’ assessments of themselves, factors like their mental health status and grade point average without listening to music while studying have not been measured to offer a sound comparison. But music isn’t just aiding students through their lessons. 

Listening to music while studying is just one way that Americans incorporate recorded sound into their daily schedules. This practice also helps masses of workers as they carry out jobs. Two-thirds of those surveyed also admitted to listening to music at their place of employment. 

Whether through personal listening devices, or shared audio systems, 84% of respondents admitted that listening to music at work helps them look forward to their job. What’s more, 89% felt that this practice helped them to be more productive throughout their shifts. So much like listening to music while studying, incorporating audio stimulation in various situations is offering Americans the mental support they need in order to perform tasks and make the grade. 

This poll displays the obvious popularity of listening to music while studying. Although older students were less likely to engage in this behavior, students who did so were more likely to have higher GPAs and feel comfortable in the classroom, as well as at work. Music skills have been linked to learning processes through various studies, but this poll displays how students view the art form themselves and utilize it to better their educational experiences. While some teachers welcome music listening practices during studying, and even within some class time experiences, others prefer more quiet lessons. Regardless, how students absorb knowledge and reinforce it in their free time is based on their needs and preferences.