By The Sound Agency Ltd
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Noise can make it very hard to concentrate, and for many students at school and college there is no quiet place to work in their home. This simple, free app delivers 45 minutes of scientifically designed productivity-boosting sound that can mask ambient noise, help focus, improve cognition and reduce fatigue. It is intended to be played through headphones at modest volume – just loud enough to mask the background sound, particularly any conversation. After 45 minutes a quick break from working is always a good idea – hence the length of the soundscape. It can be set to repeat if you prefer.
This app is made by leading sound consultants The Sound Agency, with personal creative direction by their chairman Julian Treasure, whose three TED talks on sound have been seen by over 4 million people. The app is free thanks to sponsorship from Ecophon, one of the world’s leading acoustics specialists.
What's New in Version 1.2
As requested the headset button can now be used to pause and resume the soundscape.
Start by playing the soundscape as normal by tapping the 'Play' icon, then you can use the headset button to pause and resume. You can also double-click the button to restart the soundscape.
Note this will work even if the phone is sleeping.
Classroom Atmosphere Calmer
For too long I've been plagued by noise in my classroom. Our school building has very little to help dampen noise, and I've learned after lots of research that the poor acoustics could be the culprit for undesirable behavior and stress in both teachers and students. I am in the process of discussing this topic with the other teachers and our principal with the intention of adding acoustic paneling and other noise dampeners.
I consulted with an audiologist who directed me to Julian Treasure's TED talk series, and it was in one of his awesome presentations that I learned about the Study app. He noted that the soundscape has been clinically tested and proven to help calm the atmosphere. I thought I'd give it a try in my classroom, and I am thrilled to report good things! I feel calm. My students seem calmer. The noise level is manageable. In general, the atomosphere in my classroom is greatly improved. I'm not kidding when I say that this app is a life changer.
Decreases studying anxiety!
Lately I've been getting really anxious when I've had to study for exams. I get jittery and its hard to pay attention. I will have a hard time focusing which will make me anxious so I'll take a break which makes me anxious that I'm procrastinating so I'll start studying again and the cycle continues. As soon as I turned the app on and listened to the soothing tones, I could feel my entire body relax. The sounds are so calming and whenever I found my attention straying I would concentrate on the sounds for a second and then go back to studying. Before trying this I was a little wary and thought it would be distracting, but it really isn't! Give it a try and see if it works for you!
I've been using this app for a couple years now and I'm so glad I found it. Started back to college and have a hard time focusing on reading with all the chatter in my head from being a mother, friend, employee, student. There is always some internal chatter or background noise going on. I put my ear buds in and have this playing and I am able to just tune out and focus on what I'm trying to learn. I was skeptical at first because I thought it would just be another noise to distract me. The combination of subtle music and nature sounds just puts me in a learning frame of mind. Anyway, that's my story. I love this app and it has been invaluable to me. Thank you!