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Final exams suck. But since there's no avoiding them, CBC Classical is here to help you not only get through the ordeal, but also succeed. We designed a classical music playlist to boost your brain power during your cramming session, and help you get the A+ you deserve.

Various studies have attempted to prove the cognitive benefits of listening to Vivaldi and the positive effect of Mozart's music on the development of children's brains, a.k.a. the Mozart Effect.

We're less scientifically inclined — although our playlist has got Vivaldi and Mozart covered, just in case — and believe instead that classical music helps you study because of a combination of factors:

1. Classical music's clearly organized rhythm encourages clear thinking.

2. Listening to sophisticated harmonies helps the brain cope with complex ideas.

3. Slow pieces help you relax; faster ones keep you alert — a good combination for maintaining your focus.

4. Smart people wrote it, and smart people play it, so doesn't it make sense that people who listen to classical music are smart, too? Smart enough to ace their exams, that's for sure.

Our classical playlist for studying runs more than two hours. At that point, you'll need to stretch your legs and take a CBC-sanctioned break.

 

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onlytony
#1 posted by
onlytony
on Jun 06, 2013

if there a heaven be

reward me naught

with dreams

but with the life i lead

onlytony
#2 posted by
onlytony
on Jun 06, 2013

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blue jay
#3 posted by
blue jay
on Jun 10, 2013

How well I remember those days (and nights) of final exams.  What a great idea - classical rocks!

Robert Rowat
#4 posted by
Robert Rowat
on Jun 10, 2013

@blue jay: My exam days are behind me too (grateful for that!), but at the time I always listened to a classical music mix while studying. It's like yoga for the brain.

Grant Rowledge
#5 posted by
Grant Rowledge
on Jun 10, 2013

I find there's nothing quite like J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos as kind of an aural caffeine.  There are 6 concertos in all and every one gives me that necessary pick-me-up when I study.

Soul_Cat
#6 posted by
Soul_Cat
on Jun 11, 2013

I'm in nursing at the moment. This is exactly what I've been looking for!  Never would I have thought that my favorite radio station would have the perfect play list. You've read my mind once again CBC. 

MariannaBos
#7 posted by
MariannaBos
on Jun 11, 2013

I'm studying for my MCAT and this fresh source of classical music is perfect! My own classical playlist is starting to get a little repetitive with all my studying. 

trudyq
#8 posted by
trudyq
on Jun 12, 2013

I recently posted an article on music to study by. I appreciated reading your ideas! www.musicaltutors.com

PM27
#9 posted by
PM27
on Jun 12, 2013

Thanks for the list!

budgie
#10 posted by
budgie
on Jun 13, 2013

I'm on a deadline to finish writing up my PhD thesis. This music collection is lovely - calming. Thank you!

onlytony
#11 posted by
onlytony
on Jun 13, 2013

a lottery ticket was fun

when testing s never done

music is

the better one

kaoru Coates
#12 posted by
kaoru Coates
on Jun 13, 2013

Hi, I'm looking for a song was played today (June 13, '13) around 11:55am on the cbc classical radio station.

I don't know the song name but it's about "first love" by violins featured and was so beautiful.

I've looked very hard right after but couldn't find the song name before ended...

Please, please, please, can someone tell me what this song was....

Thanks, k

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