Enviromental affects on studying

Abstract It is known that many people study in dfferent ways Comparing ways In which people study can show the affect outside sources have on studying. A survey was created to assess the affect outside sources have one studyinb Our hypothesis was that the majority of students study while multitasking.

We believed that while studying most students either watched some form of television or listened to music. However, we hypothesized that the students that studied while listening to music did better than those that studied with no outside source, and the ones that studied hile watching television would have the lowest results. sing this data, we were able to determine that music was much more beneflclal than televlslon and also than no outside sources. Introduction Television and music has a very large presence In our lives and as such many studies have been conducted on the effects of these on many areas of our lives, Including the study habits of students. The results of these studies mirror our hypothesis; music tends to help us focus whereas televlslon often serves as a dlstractlon.

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A study at the university ot Wales supported the conclusion that music is beneficial to our studies.

However, the study did point out that certain music was better than others. Music with vocals tended to vary between beneficial and distraction. Instrumentals, on the other hand, proved to be helpful in the majority ot cases. In a study that appears in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, television was cited as having a negative impact on many areas of child development, including school. Methods Participants Surveys were distributed to students in North Quincy High School at the 12th grade level.

All students of the grade were asked to take the survey, Of the 50 surveys iven, 22 were male and 28 were females, Procedure A survey was handed out to numerous students within the school without bias Multiple different class types (standard, honors, advanced) and grades were tested The survey asked for the ranged at which the students GPA lies, how many hours the student studied, and whether the students listened to music or watched television while studying. Results 50 total surveys were collected.

The majority of grades lied amongst the GPA range of 35 to 4. 0. 31 of the 50 total students listened to music Each range of GPA had near equal amount of students that listened to music. 4 of the total students watched television while studying.

Prlmarlly students of lower GPA watched television while studying. Fewer students of higher GPA have watched television while studying. Analysis The study shows that certain outside sources can prcwe to be beneficial to the studying habits of students.

However, other sources can also have a negative effect. Quieter sources that do not prove as distracting can be more beneficial and help students In focusing. These sources Include music, primarily Instrumental.

sources that are louder and more dynamic can draw our focus away trom our studies. For xample, television, as well as certain music with lyrics, can have negative effects on Music can serve to help such students focus and improve their test results.

Discussion Most students who study also listen to music, which benefits them because most of them have an above average GPA. Watching television hinders on the GPA and how well the students do on the test. The students who watch television and study at the same time have the lower GPA.

These results show that listening to music can lead to a better test score while watching television does not. This can however be ineffective because of genetics or drive to succeed.