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Study Music

Study Music

Date: May 25 2009

Themes: School, Work

Grammar: Phrasal Verbs


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When you have a big exam to study for, it’s good to have all the help you can get. But not everyone agrees about what’s most helpful when it comes to study music.

Some people find all types of music distracting when they’re trying to study. Others like to have some background noise to help them focus. They might choose classical music to calm them, dance music to keep them energized, or punk to help them get their aggression out. Listen to the dialog to find out what kind of study music Ella and Mason like.


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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Ella:  Do you listen to music when you study or read?

Mason:  I like to listen to music while I’m working. But nothing too distracting. I get really easily distracted.

Ella:  Yeah, for me, I can’t listen to anything with words, you know? So I always stick to classical or things that are just like…just sounds.

Mason:  Classical’s definitely good. I remember back in high school my parents would always say that Mozart would be great for…It was scientifically proven to make you smarter, or do better on tests. And that always kind of stuck with me. So I listen to a lot of Mozart when I’m working.

Ella:  Yeah. That sounds good. You know what you shouldn’t listen to? Lil Wayne. Supposedly it lowers your IQ if you listen to him while studying.

Mason:  I believe that. But is that proven?

Ella:  There was a study that came out. Just letting you know.

Mason:  So knowing that you can’t listen to stuff that distracts you, do you generally like to have something going on?

Ella:  It depends where I am. If I’m at a coffee shop then I’ll put on some headphones and drown out the noise. But if I’m in my room I prefer it to be quiet. But if you want to do it, do it, right?

Mason:  Absolutely.


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Mason likes to listen to music while he works, as long as it isn’t too distracting. Both he and Ella think that classical music is the best study music. Mason even thinks that listening to Mozart while he studies might make him smarter. Unlike Lil Wayne, which supposedly makes you dumber.

When she’s at home, Ella thinks it’s better not to have any music on at all while she’s studying. But sometimes when she studies at a coffee shop she listens to music on her headphones so she won’t have to hear any of the other distracting noises around her.

Do you listen to music while you study? What makes the best study music?



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Sally Turquoise

United Kingdom

 I get easily distracted. So I can’t listen to anything when I working on a project or preparing for a exam. 

09:23 PM Sep 19 2013 |



I can do nothing without music.But it do really hurt my ears!

10:12 AM Apr 21 2010 |




MUZIC is the LIFE , & the joy :)
i'm so much addicted :S i can't do anything without listening 2 muzic on my Ipod or headphone O.o with all the types but i preafre the hip hop & the romantic oneZZZ <3



03:46 PM Dec 30 2009 |


South Korea

i really do love to listen music when i study or write something like school essay. but yeah i think it depends on where i am or what i am doing like..um when i study,classical musics would be good for concentration. and when i want to get a rest, pop or punk would be good for my mind to take a rest.

03:23 PM May 30 2009 |




i love listening to music when i'm in englishbaby…that's pretty cool..sometime,i will choose some foreign hits,think that'll improve my english more.


05:34 AM May 30 2009 |



I used to listen to music during my studies. In fact all depends on what kind of subject you're studying. If you're doing something very repetitive then you can listen any kind of music. If you need a lot of concentration then you had better listen to classical music or ambient music eg: enya :) If you have to do something very quickly then you should listen to electronic music haha DJ GETDOWN

05:02 PM May 29 2009 |



Viet Nam

i think,when you listen music you can concentrate.ex: you like pop, you should listen pop.

07:49 AM May 29 2009 |


Cote D'Ivoire


05:10 PM May 28 2009 |



For the good taste for the music is important stick with classical music, but is possible that you love other genre. Now if you want to learn and get to good score I device don´t listen musicor If you don´t let to listen music so use it like background noise

02:04 AM May 28 2009 |



Because phrasal verbs are so difficult for me, I am always sticking to my dictionary to check the new words and their meanings. In addition, to remember them, I follow the advice of one of my former English teachers. He recommended to me to stick on the desk one post-it with the new word and the meaning. I have stuck with this method since then, and it works for me. If you want, you can stick up this method! I hope that it works for you too! ;) 

02:00 AM May 28 2009 |




music is stuck with me since im a kid, i cant imagine my life without music…....

11:09 PM May 27 2009 |



Cool  dance dance danc… enjoy with your learning…

04:07 PM May 27 2009 |

Icecream wu


yes,I like pop music and I like to listen to the music no matter what I’m doing. Music is a fantastic thing , it brings me into a different world, a world belongs to my only self.

09:08 AM May 27 2009 |

Icecream wu


yes,I like pop music and I like to listen to the music no matter what I’m doing. Music is a fantastic thing , it brings me into a different world, a world belongs to my only self.

09:08 AM May 27 2009 |



Personality, I can ‘not listening to music while I am studying. When I do these two activities at the same I make a lot of mistakes. For that reason, I avoid to study with music, even with classical one.

07:21 AM May 27 2009 |




I am very like classical music while I am studying and in my personal room.Furthermore I ‘d like to listen some other kind of electrical music in the morning.It could make me excited at the beginning of the day.
Do u want to try?

06:57 AM May 27 2009 |




When I listen to music studying I like to hear New Age…it is more quiet :)

11:59 PM May 26 2009 |




Sometimes I like to listen to music when I'm studying,but not always,'cause it hampers me :P

11:56 PM May 26 2009 |

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