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Your Study Playlists

Can music help you to study? This is one of the most cited questions both online as well as by those desperate for any help to aid their concentration levels. The answer can fall anywhere between “Listening to Mozart makes you a genius” and “Just be quiet and work.” We look at why study playlists can work.

Many people will advocate for The Mozart Effect. The Mozart Effect suggest that listening to music, most especially Mozart, and that of a similar calibre, is able to boost one’s spatial-temporal reasoning, or simply put, aids one’s ability to remember things on a more long term basis as well as in finding solutions to various logical problems. However, certain studies refute this Mozart Theorem, calling it exaggerated and overblown. Other doctors’ mention points that validate both sides to the question.

In one study, researches of the University of Illinois found that listening to music in all types of work increased work output by 6.3% over a control group. In another study, dissected at MetaFilter, 56 employees working on basic computer tasks were found to be more productive when there was no music playing over the same period tested with music. Supposedly any one study could either negate or validate the question either proving or disproving the Mozart Theory. Realistically speaking, findings derived across various studies are also not necessarily applicable to each and every person. Ultimately, the answer depends on each individual’s workspace, state of mind, personal attention span, ability to focus on one or more tasks at a time, and more.

But if you are one of those people who enjoy listening to music while working, studying, being tutored or completing a task; then these study playlists could be just the thing for you! Find your perfect study playlists below.

Super Chilled:

The XX – Missing

Ben Howard – Promise

Daughter – Youth

Any Other Name – Thomas Newman

Mr Probz – Waves (The original and not the radio mix)

James Vincent – Wicked Game

Of Monsters and Men – Slow and Steady

London Grammar – Hey Now

Blue Foundation – Eyes on Fire

Iron and Wine – Such Great Heights

Brenden Canning – Bullied Days

Enya – Watermark

Trance and Electro

Bar 9 – Dancin With the Devil

Phobia – Phobia (DJ Hell mix) [1991/2007]

Stefan Goldmann – Sleepy Hollow [2006]

Berlin Inc – Berlin (Peace Mix)

Feathers of Sound – Water

Above & Beyond – Above & Beyond Live @ ASOT

Airstream – Electra

DJ Shah – Mellomaniac (The chill out mix)

Marcconi Union – Weightless


SinfiniMusic – Sergei Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43

pietrogold – Chopin Nocturne

SeamlessR – [Old] SeamlessR – Sunset

Saimonse – Saimonse – Without You I’m Nothing

Chronos Archipel – Brain Harmonies, Vol.2

The Girl with the Flaxen Hair – Sleep Music, Vol.1

Nimrod from the “Enigma Variations” arranged for piano

Mozart – Canzonette Sull’aria

Tutoring Learners with Dyslexia

In order to really help learners’ with dyslexia, you need to understand what exactly dyslexia is. Dyslexia is a learning disability that causes an individual to struggle with reading and writing. It can also affect other areas of a person’s life such as with memory skills, focusing and organization. When you understand how to teach a learner with dyslexia, you can help to improve their self-awareness as well as their cognitive skills by using teaching methods that include a multi-sensory approach. This can help them, not only in the classroom, but in other areas of their lives as well. Learners with dyslexia differ significantly in their ability to give oral presentations, partake in discussions, write letters, numbers, and paragraphs, spelling and have difficulty working in noisy or disorderly settings.

The following tips may help to improve your tutoring as well as their performance:

If you are helping the learner with a project – Outline the task before you start.  Think it through and figure out what steps to take, what is needed and how much time it will take to complete. Break a big project up into smaller and less intimidating sections.  Prioritise the work, not only by what is due, but also by what requires more or less time.

During a lesson:

  • Provide step-by-step instructions
  • Arrange work from the easiest to the hardest. Early success keeps learners motivated to work!
  • Present new or difficult information in small parts and complete each section in steps
  • A regular review of previous lessons can help learners connect new and old information
  • Don’t fall into the ‘no homework’ trap.  Instead, use any free time to do revision or begin work that is due later
  • Oftentimes, asking the learner to repeat directions and information in their own words can help them understand what is required of them. This is also a vital part for recalling information at a later stage when you are not necessarily there to assist
  • Combine verbal and visual information. Studies show that dyslexic learners are more likely to understand and retain visual information than information that is verbal or written
  • Use visual prompts. Put symbols or bullets next to questions or activities that are worth more marks. This helps learners to spend the right amount of time on each question
  • For learners who have difficulty with handwriting, the response mode should be changed to include a variety of answering methods such as underlining, selecting from multiple choices, sorting, or marking
  • Reduce the amount of copying. Instead, ask the learner to repeat what has been read or heard in his or her own words
  • Have learners turn lined paper vertically for math. This helps to keep numbers in the appropriate columns

Lastly, patience and encouragement is key! Build up a level of communication between you and your learner to improve your understanding of one another. Communication and understanding will provide much-needed encouragement, increase work performance and to get the most out of your lessons together.

Do you have any thoughts or tips to share when tutoring a learner with Dyslexia?

Written By Kristin Naude – Brightsparkz Tutor – Maths Literacy, English and Business Studies Tutor

BrightSparkz Tutors – Simple Study Tips To Help Beat Your Exams

It can be difficult to concentrate and study, especially when our brains take in about 11 million bits of information per second! If you struggle to concentrate and stay focused on your studies, the following study tips can be helpful:

Study Tips

  • Keep two to-do lists: One to-do list for everything you need to do. Keep this list away when you are studying. The second to-do list should only contain the three items you are going to complete next; nothing goes on this list unless something else comes off!
  • Make a study timetable: Ask your BrightSparkz tutor to help you set up a timetable that fits in with your specific schedule and needs.
  • Find a suitable study environment and stay away from your cellphone!
  • Set study goals: What do you want to achieve? Now do it!
  • Reward yourself: Set a goal for how much work you will learn in a specified amount of time. When you have achieved this goal, reward yourself with something you enjoy.
  • Learn to say no: Even though seeing your friends is more enjoyable, a holiday spent with your friends while knowing you achieved good results is even better!
  • Post-Its: Stick them around your room to remind you of your priorities or even use them to remember those important points for a test!

Foods that help you concentrate

  • Nuts with dark chocolate: Nuts and seeds are natural vitamin E antioxidants and lessen cognitive decline as we age. Dark chocolate also contains caffeine to enhance focus.
  • Avocados and whole grains: This helps with blood flow, which helps when you are stuck studying for extended periods.
  • Fish: Many refer to it as brain food
  • Blueberries: Are very nutritious and studies show that they can help improve learning and muscle function.
  • Water: Your body becomes tired and dehydrated when you do not drink enough water. This makes you lose focus and to become tired. Keep a bottle of water next to you when you study.

Written by Kristin Naude, BrightSparkz specialist tutor – Maths Literacy, English, History and Biology


Do you have any good tips you would like to add?  Feel free to add your comment!

Good luck and have fun!