Noise-canceling headphones can also help limit distractions. It’s better to listen to quiet music than loud tunes. Some people do best with instrumental music playing in the background. Songs with lyrics may pull your attention away from your textbooks. However, some folks can handle listening to songs with words, so you may want to experiment and see what works for you. Just remember that there’s no pressure to listen to any music. If you do your best work in silence, then feel free to turn your music player off.