League headed to Nashville, Tennessee to help create a new merchandising space in the Vanderbilt University Bookstore. A business tycoon during the Gilded Age, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt gifted a million dollars that founded the Vanderbilt University in the spring of 1873. Today VANDY is home to nearly 10,000 students! Let’s take a closer look at the new space.
We all know music can affect our mood, but it can also help us improve the way we study, focus, and recall what we’ve learned. With exams fast approaching and cramming a near inevitability, the right playlist may actually boost your grades.
Researchers have been studying the effect of music on reasoning, memory, and test performance for decades. You may already have heard of “The Mozart Effect” — a documented phenomenon where listening to the music of Mozart can actually boost spatiotemporal reasoning for brief periods.
Other investigators have looked at the effects of relaxing vs. rapidly changing music3 on how we study, focus, and perform on tests and found that music that elevates your mood and creates a stable calm environment can positively affect test scores.
So what should go into your perfect study playlist?
Choose Music You E
If you are already accustomed to studying while listening to music, your mind is likely adapted to it. Pick a genre or artist that you enjoy. Choosing familiar music can help you get centered, and your mind will be less likely to be distracted if you’re not trying to “learn” the song as well as your study materials. Choosing music that helps elevate your mood can also help put you in a good headspace for focus and memorization.
Choose Music That Promotes Focus
These days, with so many demands and devices vying for our attention, a deep focus can be hard to achieve. Try to choose music that creates its own virtual study room, and lets you block out any potential environmental distractions.
Choose Music Without L
Generally speaking, if you are trying to absorb language-based content (as opposed to math), avoid songs with lots of lyrics. If you’re trying to focus on the history of the Medici, your mind doesn’t need competition from Drake. (Sorry, Drake.)
Experiment With E
Sometimes you just need to drop into your study materials and forget the world around you. Even if you’re not an electronic music fan, the steady beat and shifting modal patterns of electronica can provide a clean and ample study environment for your mind.
Try Ambient Or Nature S
For some, the best study music isn’t technically music at all. It may be the sound of summer rain in a forest
We hope these tips will help you create a study playlist that boosts both your focus and your test scores!
Many people helped get League where we are today, and we enjoy featuring those who have been part of our success. We’ve grown League with good old-fashioned hard work and determination, and the OneCoast Collegiate Sales Reps who sell League to stores. Today we’d love to introduce you to Susan Kirtland!
Susan started representing League in January of 2015. Like most of our OneCoast sales team, she loves League products. It’s hard for her to pick a favorite product, however.
“This is a very difficult question,” she said. “There are so many great pieces. In addition, as new items are added to the line, my favorites change. Currently, my favorite piece is the 1636 Snap up. I think anyone can wear this garment. I love the large snaps that run along the neckline, as well as the open bottom, makes it work well with leggings or jeans.
We asked Susan what her customers say about League. “They always tell me that they love the feel of the fabrics,” she said. “The quality of the garments as well as the attention to all the details in the construction of each piece. In addition, people recognize what great lengths League goes to caring for their employees in El Salvador. It is always fun to tell customers all the amazing things that are happening there. It is always a feel-good story.”
What most people might not know about Susan is she is multilingual. “I speak a lot of Spanish,” she told us.
Susan also recently bought a new place. “I just moved into a new house so I am enjoying decorating my new spaces as well as gardening, photography, and baking. I also hope to slow down a bit personally to enjoy my new house and do some volunteering!”
For 2019, Susan says she hopes to increase her sales and exceed her goals. She’s fueled in her mission by the book Good To Great by Jim Collins. As Mr. Collins says in his book, “The real question is not, “Why greatness?” but “What work makes you feel compelled to try to create greatness?”
We also think Susan is pretty great. Thanks, Susan for all you do for League!