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View Poll Results: Do you listen to music while studying?
Yes 117 69.64%
No 48 28.57%
I prefer audiobooks with 42 chapters. 3 1.79%
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:42 PM
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silence for me. though for my last exam, outside noises became so unbearable that i willed myself to study efficiently while listening to white noise through earphones.

that people can listen to music and study effectively blows my mind.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:57 PM
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I listen to music to block out all other noise. I have a terrible habit of eavesdropping and people watching. I find music helps me block others out. But the music itself cannot be distracting, for me.
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by llcooljabe View Post
Perhaps you meant to say that there is no spoon tune in metal?
No, I more focus on whatever I'm doing and don't listen to the music. I do however miss it when it's not there.
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:26 PM
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Pure silence. I am incredibly irritable when I am studying, any unwanted sound must immediately be dealt with!
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by DataDan View Post
Pure silence. I am incredibly irritable when I am studying, any unwanted sound must immediately be dealt with!
I was at the Library once in their "silent" room - which is downstairs and happens to be located directly underneath the children's book section, so you can often hear the pitter-patter of little feet running around above you.

One day another guy was in there and was getting really irritated by the noise. I was more distracted by him getting irritated than I was by the noise - I have kids and the pitter-patter doesn't even register (unless it stops, then you have to figure they are getting into trouble...).

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Old 03-06-2012, 05:01 PM
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When I'm reading no. When I'm working problems (or developing worksheets etc. for the FAPs) - then I'll put my headphones on for some 'non-distracting' music. Really, this is more to block out other office noises when studying at work. If I'm studying at work, I don't really have a choice. It is either the music from the intercom (and we actually have music w/ words not just elevator music) or my own music. So I use my own music, I find it less distracting. At home, I don't listen to music.
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:07 PM
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Changes in the background noise bother me far more than the presence/absence of noise.

As such, I prefer "busy" places (like a coffee house) with headphones . . . the latter is usually a cue for others that I don't want to be interrupted unnecessarily. Sometimes, I'll also play music through those headphones, too.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:25 AM
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Like others have said, I listened to music while studying for the prelims, but it's too hard to concentrate on the readings for the upper levels with music playing. I usually just put headphones in my ears with nothing playing so no one bothers me.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:59 AM
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note the distribution of the yes and no answers. does that percentage breakdown look familiar?
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Old 03-07-2012, 03:05 PM
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I listen to music while studying, in particular music from movies. The three movie soundtracks I listen to are The Dark Knight, Michael Clayton, and Inception. The artists of these are Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard.
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