How to Study More Effectively by Using Soothing Sounds

“What you stay focused on will grow.” 
Roy T. Bennett (Tweet This)

You know how it is.

You sit down to study or read and your mind wanders to everything except what you’re trying to learn. You read a page and by the time you get to the bottom, you realize you have no idea what you just read.

This happens when your brain isn’t in the right state of mind.

To absorb information completely, your brain needs to be operating in its “learning mode.” Your neural processes need to be firing off in a way that is conducive to focus and studying.

There are many techniques to achieve this state of mind, but using binaural beats is a great shortcut.

Before we get into the tricks to help you study better, we’re going to break down how the brain works. Don’t worry, we promise to keep it easy and simple. No pop quizzes!

Your Brain Throughout the Day

Your brain is actually an intricate, complex network of little cells called neurons. These neurons are always firing off information. As they do, they produce electric activity in different stages.

When you’re alert, your brain is in the Beta state, which means the neurons are firing off rapidly, producing a lot of information. As your brain slows downs, it moves into the Alpha state. As it slows even further and you fall asleep, it moves into the Theta, then the Delta state.

Don’t freak out. We won’t test you on this information!

All you need to understand is that your brain doesn’t learn well when it’s in the hyperactive state of Beta or the dreamy state of Theta. To learn, you need to be focused and present in the aware state of Alpha.

Why Can’t I Focus?

If you’re anxious and stressed about… well, anything, you’ll have a hard time studying. This is because the anxiety you’re feeling is feeding the Beta state of your brain. Things are moving too fast, and your brain can’t absorb information.

The Beta state takes a lot of energy. More than likely, if you’re going through a stressful time, you’re using so much energy that you’re exhausting your brain. When this happens, your brain tries to move itself into the Theta state. The result is a weary mind that can’t learn new information.

To focus, your brain needs to be between these two extremes. You need to be awake and alert to retain information, but not so energized that you can’t concentrate.

Using Binaural Beats to Study

Getting to the Alpha state can be difficult to achieve on your own.

This is especially true if you’re feeling stressed. However, there’s a wonderful technology that can put your brain into the Alpha state naturally. All you have to do is listen to some music!

Binaural beats are the imaginary beats your brain makes up when presented with two different frequencies in each ear. For example, if you hear 410hz in one ear and 400hz in the other, your brain will create the 10hz to make up the difference. When it does so, the rest of your brain syncs up with that frequency.

To use binaural beats for concentration, you need to listen to a track that presents your brain with a difference of 8hz-12hz.

By doing so, your brain will ease into the Alpha state, and you’ll feel focused and ready to tackle your studies.

What’s It Like Using Binaural Beats?

Using binaural beats for focus can put your brain into the right state of mind. You’ll feel calm and relaxed, but not too calm. It should produce the same feeling attained through meditation or yoga. When practicing these actions, your brain is in the Alpha state.

When using binaural beats, make sure you are wearing headphones. Binaural beats work by presenting each ear with different frequencies, so you need to make sure that each ear only hears one of the frequencies.

CAUTION: If you are epileptic or pregnant, talk to your physician before attempting to use binaural beats. They are safe to use, but could induce seizures in people who have epilepsy.

Once you put your headphones in and listen to the track, you’ll hear soothing music. The frequencies that create the binaural beats don’t have any real sound, so soothing music is often added to make the experience more enjoyable. Soon enough, you’ll feel focused and ready to concentrate on studying.

We have a great binaural beats track available on YouTube. Try it out the next time you have to study or want to focus:

You can use binaural beats for many purposes. Binaural beats train your brain into a certain state, so they can be assist in meditation, sleeping, and even lucid dreaming!

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