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orchestraYou may have heard that listening to music can aid concentration.

People usually say that classical music can improve concentration, while other types of music can hinder concentration.

As I’ve said before, I think it all depends on your teen. I find that classical music does help me concentrate when I study, and that lyrical music can be a bit distracting. Chris on the other hand only (and has to) listens to rock music when he studies.

But the point of this post is to tell you that there is evidence of classical music’s ability to improve concentration and and to increase information intake and retention.

Very cool!

Washington University in St Louis has helpfully put together a Spotify playlist of 8 classical tracks that have been found to possibly enhance the brain’s ability to focus and record information learned. You can check it out here.

Unless your teen plays in their school orchestra, I’m guessing they haven’t been exposed to a whole lot of classical music before, apart from the arrangements in the soundtracks of blockbuster films.

When teen’s say they don’t like classical music, 9 times out of 10 that means they haven’t listened to any before. So if you think this is something your teen might say, get them to try listening to this playlist (or another) for a week and see how they find it.

It might be just what their Study Formula needs to help them get the grades you know they’re capable of!

Thanks to Washington University School of Law for providing this information.

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