Whether you're in the throes of an intensive research paper, reading for a class discussion, or prepping for final exams, listening to music can give you the extra nudge you need reduce stress, boost motivation, and delve into your studies.

There’s no one-size-fits-all formula when it comes to study music, as different genres will aide your studies in different ways. Classical music has a reputation for helping with retention, while pop music can help motivate you to sit down and tackle that big paper.

With finals quickly approaching, those of us at ASU Online compiled four unique playlists to help you stay motivated during your final exams.

Upbeat Pop

Need an extra boost to get you through that all-nighter? A pick-me-up before the big exam? This upbeat pop playlist is perfect for giving you the extra boost of motivation you need to push through until your last final.

Coffeehouse Chill

Assignments piling up? Feeling that end-of-semester pressure? You’re not alone in that feeling. If you need a moment to decompress from your studies, the soothing sounds of Bon Iver and Paul Simon can help reduce stress and mellow out the mood.

Soothing Instrumental

"The Mozart Effect" has been a hotly debated phenomenon since its scientific hypothesis debuted in 1993, claiming that students who listened to Mozart’s 1781 Sonata for Two Pianos in D major performed better on reasoning tests than those who did not. While listening to Mozart won’t make you a genius overnight, studies have found that listening to soothing music can aide in memory performance, ease anxiety and lower blood pressure.

Old School Hip Hop

If you’re feeling anxious about your end-of-semester course load, a playlist jam packed with hip hop classics might be just the ticket to getting you out of a rut. With any luck, you and your peers will end finals week with a celebratory Hammer Dance.

Finals week is a stressful time for any student. Armed with the right playlist, however, students can ease their test anxiety, boost their motivation, and with any luck improve their memory. Keep calm, and study on!

ASU Online is committed to student success. Whether you need to speak to a librarian for research advice, or find a tutor for your most challenging courses, ASU Online offers a multitude of student services to help meet the needs of their diverse student population.

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