How Lo-Fi Music Motivates Students to Study


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Let’s be honest, I believe most of us feel demotivated when it comes to studying or doing assignments. Have you ever tried listening to music while doing your work? Many students, including myself, would blast our favorite music to get into our studying mood because the motivation to do so sometimes just doesn’t come naturally. However, for some people, normal music might not work, as the lyrics can be too distracting to. Therefore, most students would end up going for Lo-Fi music on YouTube while doing completing their work instead.

Lo-Fi, an acronym coined by Eric Mathews, actually stands for “low fidelity”. Although Lo-Fi is popular genre of music among students now, initially it wasn’t a genre. Instead, the term was used to describe the way a song or an album was recorded. This genre is often defined as a type of sound recording that contains technical flaws, or usually regarded as imperfections of a recording or performance. The sound is considered “low-quality” and includes a raw sound with soft cracks and music that highlights its strong bass or beats so that it is easier to get stuck in your head. Did you know that raw instruments and small samples of dialogue from television or radio recordings are usually found in Lo-Fi music as well?


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As I have mentioned before, Lo-Fi music is often considered a student’s first option when they want some music to help them be motivated to study. But how does the music help you concentrate? First of all, Lo-Fi music helps your brain to focus. The rationale being is that the brain picks out the differences in sound which enables your mind to focus. This results in the cerebrum (which is a part of the brain) being triggered, thus helping students to improve focus.