My 13 year old daughter does homework with earphones listening to music is this good or not?


Katrina - posted on 01/22/2013




"Needing" music on/background noise is one of the trademarks of Kinaesthetic learners.

I have always thought that kinaesthetic learners were "hands-on, pull stuff apart" learners but I have found recently that they need the "distraction" so to speak to focus their minds.
I found out only last week that I am a kinaesthetic learner and it fits so perfectly.

There are three main types of learners...visual, aural (hearing) and kinaesthetic.
Visual learn best by reading the books themselves, Aurals by someone telling them the lesson.

Kinaesthetics work best with noise, distraction, deadlines "stress".
I was always one who did my homework/essays etc the night before it was due and would get B/A's. I ALWAYS had music on when I studied. If there was a reason I couldn't have music (exams etc.) I would be singing to myself.
When I was in employment, I worked best when I had three or more things to do AT the same time. Having food/drink in front of me was also a necessary alternative to music (at work I perpetually had cups of tea and nuts etc as snacks)
I have always struggled if there has been no "direction"...I needed a list to know what was my next task before I could even start my first task.
Moving house for me was/is always hard. I would have a box in my hands and stand in the middle of the room trying to figure out what I had to do to fill the box up...while everyone was packing everything else around me.
If I did not have this direction, that is when I would be getting stressed, overwhelmed etc.

I reckon you've just stumbled on her learning type, and now, nurture it :)

Keep in mind as well, that if she doesn't have these "distractions" she may subconsciously need to create her own (particularly in the classroom) and that may include fidgeting and "needing" to move around.

Good luck :)


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Jodi - posted on 01/22/2013




A lot of kids work better with music. I have students in the classroom who listen to their iPod while doing work (not while I am teaching), and as long as they are doing their work, that's fine. My son listens to his iPod while doing his homework. I used to listen to the radio when I was a student too. It helps make the work more interesting!

Holly - posted on 01/22/2013




if she is getting good grades then sure... it may help keep out distractions

Ariana - posted on 01/22/2013




Doing homework with music on is ok, doing it in front of TV has actually been shown to be very distracting. As long as the homework is getting done I wouldn't worry to much about it.

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I used to do my homework in front of the TV, I like the noise and u was still able to concentrate on what I was doing. Also if I got to the point where I couldn't focus anymore I would watch something then come back to it. My Pre-calc teacher in high school used to turn on The Joy of Painting (Bob Ross) every Tuesday for us to watch while we worked on homework or even when we had tests. I would say that music is fine.

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