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crack dont work anymore. what music do you use to study

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by bigman43, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. bigman43

    bigman43 Banned Banned 7+ Year Member

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    this is a serious question. im trying to get into med school, but i cant get myself to focus on studying. what the ****.

    any tips?:thumbdown:
     
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  3. braluk

    braluk SDN Surgerynator Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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    For me anything mind numbing helps to study. Music with lyrics tend to distract me as I follow along or listen to the lyrics. I find that classical music, or even like techno or trance or something seems to be good to keep my mind fresh without being distracted. I also read on an MCAT passage somewhere ages ago that musak (or elevator music) was played in office settings during 1-3PM (around when workers drop in productivity) actually boosted productivity

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musak
     
  4. Green Pirate

    Green Pirate Neurotic Neuro Enthusiast 5+ Year Member

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    yeah I listen to ambient music and other instrumental genres. it works very well--makes me feel good while studying.
     
  5. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    Music in a foreign language can also work. A friend of mine burned a couple of CDs in Chinese for me because I thought it sounded nice (even though I have no clue what they're saying), and it's good background noise.
     
  6. kyidmnmaiv

    kyidmnmaiv Member 2+ Year Member

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    I saw research once saying that listening to music with words while studying is OK, as long as you know the words well (so you're not thinking about lyrics while trying to learn). For me, listening to music that I like and know well can be a reward for starting something I've been putting off
     
  7. Dr.Inviz

    Dr.Inviz Banned Banned

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    Adderal.
     
  8. munnabhai

    munnabhai Junior Member 2+ Year Member

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    I cant study with any music. Right now I am supposed to be doing homework but have Vivaldi's Winter playing on my computer (productivity is near 0). Its so good I can't focus on my homework.

    My motivation is at its highest about 1 or 2 weeks into the semester and rock bottom as the semester comes to an end. I keep telling myself not to calculate "what I need on the final for an A" but I can't help it. I need to go away from the computer if I want to accomplish any work.
     
  9. Vvandenn

    Vvandenn Member 2+ Year Member

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    :thumbup:
     
  10. OncDoc19

    OncDoc19 MS4 7+ Year Member

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    I also listen to foreign music - old Hindi music and Bollywood film songs to be exact. I have no idea what they are saying but its pretty to listen to and I have a lot of Indian friends to get songs from.
     
  11. inside_edition

    inside_edition Waitlisted Member 2+ Year Member

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    same here. i have the most motivation up until the last two weeks of classes. I've observed many of my grades go down from an A- to a B+ to a B in those last two weeks.
     
  12. Green Pirate

    Green Pirate Neurotic Neuro Enthusiast 5+ Year Member

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    I totally agree. I'm such a good kid at the beginning.. but if I have an A in the class deep into the semester I feel my motivation waning. It's a dangerous trend.
     
  13. bigman43

    bigman43 Banned Banned 7+ Year Member

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    i just said crack doesnt work anymore. what the hell do u think i was referring to.
     
  14. Dr.Inviz

    Dr.Inviz Banned Banned

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    The only crack I know about is crack-cocaine. Better lay off that junk ... :laugh:
     
  15. pcguy2

    pcguy2 Minneapolis Master 2+ Year Member

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    you meant adderal when you said crack? lol

    i drank 3 red bulls and 1 large starbucks of black coffee. stayed up alllll night and didn't get anything accomplished. Sleep more and you study better. Don't sleep less and study worse!
     
  16. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    Yeah, I used to be able pull all-nighters before (coffee only, though). Now, I can't stay awake past 2am. I have officially become lame.
     
  17. Hednej

    Hednej ***** Level 60 2+ Year Member

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    This might help:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdZx65JDNMI

    I just basically pick out a song that I really like, listen to it 1000 times so I don't pay attention to the lyrics and what not, and then put it on my iPod on repeat, listen to it over and over for hours.
     
  18. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    Haha, I do the same thing. I thought I was crazy. It's nice to know that I am not. Last semester for finals I literally listened to the same song over and over and over while studying...I have the theory that the repetition of the sounds actually help me recall information later, if I just start imagining the song in my head.
     
  19. pcguy2

    pcguy2 Minneapolis Master 2+ Year Member

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    haha... hope my lectures are recordered. then i can just listen to it over and over and be the ruler of the world!
     
  20. armybound

    armybound future urologist. Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    I study in short spurts. 15-20 minutes, then a 10 minute break, then more studying.

    it's worked well for me. I don't find myself just skimming pages without really reading.
     
  21. Angelo84

    Angelo84 Tufts Class of 2011 10+ Year Member

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    self bribery. When I finish this section I will have a piece of chocolate...



    Good luck
     
  22. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    The problem with me is that I give myself the prize before I finish my work.
     
  23. jochi1543

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    I actually find that music distracts me. It worked fine in HS, but when I'm trying to get through some dense orgo stuff, it only makes things worse. The material in undergrad simply requires more concentration than I can muster while listening to music.

    I find that physical activity is important. I study a whole lot better if I'm working out regularly. Outside of all the other benefits of exercise, it's simply easier to be sedentary and study when you've had an outlet for all that pent-up physical energy.:scared:


    I also like to trap myself in places where I'm safe from temptations. For example, I do lots of studying on quiet evenings at work (I work in admin/retail, so my hours are wacky) - there simply isn't anything else to do and I can't find anything more exciting than studying. The public library works too. And I've been traveling for the last 2 weeks, and I've been able to get TONS of studying done on the plane and in the airport - I literally got through half Orgo I in less than 2 weeks. I still have 2 flights and a 2-hour layover left for Tuesday, so I'm hoping to do 2-3 more chapters.
     
  24. Medinsane

    Medinsane Music in Asian Form 7+ Year Member

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    I do this too but mainly because I have the shortest attention span.

    I listen to music that I know by heart when I want to stay awake because I can be entertained when I sing it! :thumbup:

    What I listen to
     
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  26. bigman43

    bigman43 Banned Banned 7+ Year Member

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    asprin for the caffine induced headaches? hahahaha been there. i use advil tho
     
  27. schooltill30

    schooltill30 Doctor Acula 2+ Year Member

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    This obviously won't work work for most people, but I may as well share anyway. I'm a huge poker fan. I play a lot of online poker (for free, I hate gambling). Being that I'm a naturally tight, conservative player, I'm out of 3/4 of the hands I'm dealt. Gives you time to do one or 2 chem problems, or whatever you're studying for. When playing a big 2-3 hour tournament, you'd be surprised how much you can accomplish...

    Music is a huge help for me in studying. I naturally space out a lot, so music gets rid of all the other distractions. I listen to a lot of jam bands, Bela fleck, phish, umphrees mcgee, etc. A lot of really long, drawn out instrumental jams. That's what helps me...
     
  28. ssquared

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    I like classical when reading, and other stuff when studying. I bust out the 50 cent when I need to stay awake and chemistry is starting to make me nod off. For classical, anything by Vienna Philharmonic, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, or Boston Pops. But then again, I'm a music nerd. I need more upbeat music when I'm actively trying to memorize things.

    Schooltill30, it's awesome that you like Bela Fleck and Umphrees Mcgee. I can never find people who like them. I saw those groups with Marc Broussard last summer....it was an awesome concert.
     
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    schooltill30 Doctor Acula 2+ Year Member

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    Ya, it's good to find someone who likes good music. Umphree's is going to be in Memphis next sunday for the Beale Street Music Festival. It's going to be awesome! My first Umphrees concert!
     
  30. badasshairday

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    red bull gives you wings!

    Or for some hardcore energy, on the verge of crack cocaine, try a red-eye. It is a cup of coffee with a shot of expresso in it. Warning* you may start shaking.....
     
  31. FrickenhugeMD

    FrickenhugeMD 5+ Year Member

    Amen on the red bull. I've gone through over a case this semester! :eek:

    no wonder I dont sleep well.....
     
  32. Vvandenn

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    Try to find someone that is selling a higher dosage of Adderall?
     
  33. TPROrgoTutor2

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    Espresso, lots and lots of espresso. Problem is after a certain amount you need to take a quick nap because it overloads you... thats where Im at right now, goodnight.
     
  34. lina123321

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    this is exactly the case for me:D :D :D
     
  35. bigman43

    bigman43 Banned Banned 7+ Year Member

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    i have my own hahahah

    as a premed i am notoriously good with faking symptoms.
    if only i had prior documentation from my childhood for my mcats:rolleyes:
     
  36. bigman43

    bigman43 Banned Banned 7+ Year Member

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    adderall doesnt really work well anymore, but its sideeffects still are strong as hell!

    including: 1) ass breath 2) dizzyness after 15 hours studying 3) ass ASS breath 4) diarrea 5) horrendous gas.
     
  37. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    I used to drink massive amounts of caffeine to keep myself awake, but I don't do that anymore. It makes me shaky, it makes my HR go up, it makes my stomach feel terrible, and in the end it just makes me energetic but not necessarily more alert.
     
  38. bubbachuck

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    Awesome piece! A VERY fast version of it is used in Old Boy (korean movie that recently became famous because there's talk of it influencing the Virginia Tech shooter). Also, have you heard Bond's cover of it? It's called "Viva!".
     
  39. Cirrus83

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    Wow, they actually have research backing this up? I always felt that way from intuition. Like, songs I'd listened to a billion times before and knew the lyrics to wouldn't distract me from the studying, and neither would instrumental music, but if it was music whose lyrics I wasn't familiar with I'd be distracted.

    Heh...oh well, guess it's not just me =)
     
  40. SB100

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    Fortunate for me my favorite type of music is electronic music (I myself spin house music), but when just relaxing or trying to study this is some of what I turn to:

    Massive Attack
    Banco de Gaia
    Soulstice
    Kaskade
    Thievery Corporation
    Booka Shade
    Boards of Canada

    Lots of trip hop and chillout with minimal electro house. Don't bother trying to define it but definitely find some albums on iTunes.
     
  41. akinf

    akinf Senior Member 5+ Year Member

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    John Legend
    John Mayer
    Armin van Buuren
    DJ Tiesto
    Cascada
    St. Germain <--- AMAZING!!!
    Common
    Talib Kweli
    Delerium

    There is so much good music out there, it is just about sifting through all the stuff you are bombarded with over the radio and finding it.
     

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