Homework stinks! After a grueling day at school traumatized by the tsunami of information that has just overflowed the brain, teens are now expected to come home and use all of the information they have just ingested, spit it back out, and continue to do more work at home, rightfully establishing its common title -- "homework."
The one thing that relieves me from the stress of homework is to accompany my tasks with pop or country music. Usually, when I am working on calculus or science while listening to music, I become more relaxed and focused.
Also, homework requires hours of strenuous focus and attention every night, and if I listen to music while I'm working, the time seems to go by much faster. There is nothing like getting swept up in the beat of Flo Rida's "Club Can't Handle Me" or Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" while doing some complex math problems.
Although I have become accustomed to my parents' daily raids into my room demanding that I turn the music off and do my homework, I believe listening to music while doing my homework is actually helping me concentrate.
I can't be the only stressed-out high school student who believes music and homework should go together. What do other Top of Utah teens think?
Morgan Hancock, a senior from Fremont High, also enjoys listening to country music while doing her homework and says she does it all the time.
For Adam Sorenson, his studying tunes are "everything except country."
"Usually whatever plays on the radio or on my iPod," says the senior from Bonneville High.
Math to music?
Two other Bonneville seniors agree that the subject of the homework proves to be a large deciding factor for whether or not to listen to music while doing homework.
Jackson Sheffield said he listens to music "only if I am doing math."
He adds, "It also depends on the person. For me personally, I have to be in a quiet place to read, but doing math I can sing along and focus."
Similarly, Dallin Layton said, (I listen to music) when I'm doing busy work ... otherwise I usually won't."
He also says, "a song is more distracting when I know the words because I want to sing along. Music that I'm not familiar with won't distract me from my work."
Kiley East, a Fremont senior, says that she doesn't like to combine music and homework. When asked if it causes her to lose focus she said, "Yes, totally. It doesn't help at all."
Laura Ramos, a senior from Box Elder shares the same "no music" study tactic because she says, "It distracts me."
'Anything but rap'
What else do teens like to listen to when doing trig or writing essays?
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are favorites for Alisha Cameron, a Bonneville senior.
"I think it helps me focus if it's country, because if it's crazy music, it distracts me," she says.
Sheffield says, "I listen to most popular songs on the radio and songs I can dance to."
Alex Hahn, a Bonneville senior, says he'll listen to "anything but rap." Classical music helps him focus, he says -- "anything else, not so much."
Layton likes "slower-paced music, and not too loud. Enya and Celtic Women are always good."
Although Hancock listens to music while she studies, she admits it "probably distracts me, honestly. It makes me want to sing the songs instead of do my homework."
However Jeremy Poulsen, a senior from Bonneville, says, "(Music) relaxes me."
Tuning out family
Serena Bird, a Fremont senior, also listens to music while doing her homework and adds, "It keeps me from being distracted by other things like family members."
"I do listen to music while doing my homework," says freshman Jane Porter of St. Joseph High. "I turn my iPod on shuffle and listen to anything. It usually helps me focus and stay calm."
For many teens, music and homework seem to go together like two peas in a pod ... an iPod that is!
Michelle Howe is a senior at St. Joseph High School. She enjoys soccer, cross country, hurdles and all kinds of music. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.