I feel like I’m not the only person in the world who’s had trouble focusing on schoolwork. I mean if you’ve never had difficulty studying in your life, then I can only assume that you’re a deity that has ascended civilization itself. Or Steve Urkel.
Either way, I want to help people like me. I find doing schoolwork much easier when I listen to music. No — I don’t mean classical music (Sorry Api!). When I study I need fun, ridiculous, overly dramatic anthems. The type of music that you sing in the shower.
Humour, like duck tape, fixes everything — so why not add a little humour into your study session?
So here are a few tracks I handpicked out from my iconic study playlist to help you start one of your own!
“Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry!”
You don’t think you’re going to do so well on that test this afternoon. It’s only worth 10%… Let it go, because you’re going to rock the next test.
“So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you”
It’s April… It is 11pm… You have two exams on the same day tomorrow. Cast your fears aside, because you will survive.
“Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb”
Remember that paper assigned to you at the start of the semester? The one you were so excited to write about? The one about Miley Cyrus’ derailment of third wave feminism? It’s due tomorrow, and you only have 250 out of 3000 words typed. It’s a climb, but just keep pushing on.
“I’m a survivor (What?)
I’m not gon’ give up (What?)
I’m not gon’ stop (What?)
I’m gon’ work harder (What?)
I’m a survivor (What?)
I’m gonna make it (What?)
I will survive (What?)
Keep on survivin’ (What?)”
So, you barely survived that first astronomy test last month. The next test is tomorrow. That doesn’t matter because you’ve been studying for a week. There’s nothing that TA can do to stop you from getting that well-deserved A.
“Don’t you know things can change
Things’ll go your way
If you hold on for one more day yeah
If you hold on”
Okay. You’re not actually studying anymore – you just finished watching Bridesmaids on Netflix. You need to stop finger-drumming, the security guard is stink-eyeing you.
“Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on
Jesus take the wheel”
If this playlist was a multiple choice test, this would pretty much be the “all of the above” option. This works for every scenario – I promise.
So, UofT, what do you listen to? I want to know! Comment below, or tweet me @Ondiek_UofT.