Pandora's Wind Down genre includes a collection of stations such as the Buddha Bar, with surreal lyrics, modal harmonies, and a slow-moving bass line.The Chill genre contains stations that are mostly acoustic playlists, with an emphasis on calm, sedate music.I don't know how it necessarily affects retention. This a place for engineering students of any discipline to discuss study methods, get homework help, get job search advice, and find a compassionate ear when you get a 40% on your midterm after studying all night.
That's why I listen to kpop, can't understand a word of what they're saying except for the occasional out of context English line.
Classical is nice too though, I love listening to Chopin or Brahms.
Perhaps it's because I'm accustomed to the silence while doing work, but I find that my productivity drops a good 90% while watching TV, 50% with my phone, and 20% with music (lyrics).
Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, and with it comes the ability to rock out to music whenever the mood strikes. Pandora has a comprehensive and frequently updated genre list that you can browse to get started.
I find once I'm in the flow, nothing uninvited pulls me out of it unless it's a clear and direct distraction (like somebody asking me a question).
It's hard to get into that mindspace sometimes. Everybody's got different preferences and triggers. I've worked well while listening to punk rock, to classical, to jazz, to indie, etc. But what works for me one day doesn't always work the next.
Most report that the best studying environment of all is silence.
Since all music processing uses cognitive capacity, the theory goes, listening to music could impair task performance involving your brain.
For others, they may not be distracted by the outside world, but will get distracted from the music they are listening to, decreasing performance.
Personally, I listen to instrumental and low vocal, rhythmic music and found that it helps me a lot with focusing on the work I'm doing, but if your experience informs you otherwise, you should stop listening to music. Once I get mega focused I might not even notice if it shuts off, but it definitely helps me get in the zone.