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Ace your exams with this classical music playlist for studying

Robert Rowat

Final exams suck. But since there's no avoiding them, CBC Music is here to help you get through the ordeal with flying colours. We designed a classical music playlist to boost your brain power during your cramming sessions, and help you get the A+ you deserve.

Various studies have attempted to prove the cognitive benefits of listening to Vivaldi and the positive effect of Mozart's music on the development of children's brains, a.k.a. the Mozart Effect.

We're less scientifically inclined — although our playlist has got Vivaldi and Mozart covered, just in case — and believe instead that classical music helps you study because of a combination of factors:

  1. Classical music's clearly organized rhythm encourages clear thinking.
  2. Listening to sophisticated harmonies helps the brain cope with complex ideas.
  3. Slow pieces help you relax; faster ones keep you alert — a good combination for maintaining your focus.
  4. Smart people wrote it, and smart people play it, so doesn't it make sense that people who listen to classical music are smart, too? Smart enough to ace their exams, that's for sure.

Our classical playlist for studying runs more than four hours. At that point, you'll need to stretch your legs and take a CBC-sanctioned break.

Let us know via @CBCclassical what exam you're studying for, what you're eating and drinking to sustain your energy, and most importantly if you get an A.


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