With midterms fast approaching at University of Maryland, we are curating a playlist with songs that help you focus while you’re studying for hours on end. While making this playlist, I kept in mind the songs I regularly listen to while studying or doing homework, songs on the tamer side of my music taste.
The genres in this playlist are R&B, Lo-fi, Chill Pop and Indie Pop, because they are easy to enjoy without distracting you while studying.
There were a few repeated artists in the playlist, a few being Taylor Swift — particularly her two sister albums folklore and evermore since they have very calming vibes — Lana Del Rey because her tracks tend to be very soothing, as well as Kali Uchis since her soft voice fits beautifully for slow-paced songs for studying.
I reached out to a few students and asked each of them to choose one song to add to this midterm studying playlist. Let's find out what songs they chose to put onto theplaylist!
Sophomore biology major Sydney Channel chose “Only Love” by Katy Perry to add to the midterm studying playlist, and here’s why: “It’s not super slow and sad, but it’s slow enough that I can still focus and I won't stop studying to sing and dance (which I have previously had problems with). It's the perfect tempo and not too sad. I can get my studying done and enjoy music at the same time.”
Junior studio art major Shakeela Nyakoojo chose “Spoon & Bang” by Kyle Dion to add to the midterms studying playlist because “The song is very smooth and describes a comfortable day inside with a significant other and the lyrics are immensely simple which emphasize that he (the artist) simply wants to stay inside with his partner. This song is really smooth and the guitar line makes it easy to stay focused on my work while also enjoying the sounds in the background.”
Sophomore secondary education and history double major Alyssa Canowitz chose “betty” by Taylor Swift to add to the midterms studying playlist. “I like to listen to slower songs when I'm studying because it helps me focus better,” Canowitz said. “I also like picking songs that I already know so that way, I don’t get distracted while listening to it.”
I think all three songs that were recommended matched the energy of the rest of the songs I chose perfectly, and I hope this playlist helps you ace those midterms. Good luck Terps!