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Our 12 favorite songs to study with

One of the most universal truths about attending school is that you’ll need to learn how to study and develop your own study tips. You’ll need to figure out the best space for you, good notetaking habits, as well as a routine that works for you. And of course, you’ll need a good playlist to keep you going even when the going gets tough.

That’s why we’ve put together some tunes to help you get through your next study session. Switch these on when you’re looking for some inspiration or you just want to have a good time hittin’ the books.

1. “Dance Apocalyptic” – Janelle Monae

The perfect song for when you need to take a brain break and dance it out for a few minutes!

2. “Three Little Birds” – Bob Marley

Don’t worry about a thing! Play this classic tune when you need a reminder that everything will be okay.

3. “Send Me On My Way” – Rusted Root

This fun song will remind you that all your hard work will pay off – you’re on your way to accomplishing your goals!

4. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor

‘It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight’. Get on your game and study hard with this classic motivational hit. Pen tapping is encouraged.

5. “Never Give Up” – Sia

When impending deadlines loom and the work is piling up on your desk, take a moment to get back in the right headspace. Perseverance is key! This tune will get you back on track in no time.

6. “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” – Daft Punk

This is the perfect song for a dance break. Put your pen down and close your laptop – it’s time to robot your way to better grades. When you sit back down to work, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to get back down to it.

7. “Don’t Stop” – Fleetwood Mac

This classic rock hit is pure motivation, encouraging you to keep going on that term paper.

8. “Under Pressure” – Queen

There’s no doubt that study time is crunch time. Throw this track onto your playlist for the ultimate divide and conquer all of those homework assignments.

9. “Survivor” – Destiny’s Child

When in doubt, don’t worry, be-yonce. Exams are stressful, papers refuse to write themselves, but a jam like “Survivor” will surely remind you that you will get through and come out stronger for it!

10. “Move Your Feet” – Junior Senior

If dancing is your passion, this is a great one to move around to in your seat and the rhythm makes it easy to memorize facts that might otherwise feel a bit dull.

11. “Pocketful of Poetry” – Mindy Gledhill

Such a light and airy sound, this song will remind you not to take everything so seriously. It’s a great one to lighten the mood amidst studying for a serious exam or even towards the end of a late night cram session.

12. “Get Stupid” – Aston Merrygold

Had a bad day and just don’t feel like studying? Go ahead and put this one on to remember to let loose. It’s a great one to blast on repeat, whether you’re listening for the lyrics or the catchy beat.


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