TikTok’s latest study hack? Turn on some Mario Kart music

There’s a famous quote by Franklin Delano Roosevelt that says, “Do something. If it works, do more of it.”

Strangely, that might apply to TikTok’s latest study hack. The trend, which seems to have started with a teenage user named Kaitlyn, claims that a certain video game can really help get you motivated.

“LISTEN TO MARIO KART MUSIC WHILE DOING SCHOOL WORK IT’S SO F****** AMAZING,” the high schooler captioned her video.

In her now-viral TikTok, Kaitlyn went on to claim that she’s the “biggest procrastinator ever.” However, listening to music from Mario Kart changed that.



♬ Coconut Mall (From “Mario Kart Wii”) – Arcade Player

Kaitlyn touts the music from the massively popular, Nintendo-based racing franchise as the perfect solution for procrastination. Particularly, she recommends the theme song from the Coconut Mall stage in Mario Kart Wii.

The teen’s hack was divisive on TikTok, with some users arguing that the music actually made studying harder. Still, there’s some evidence that the songs may be scientifically designed to help with motivation.

As Popular Science wrote in 2018, video game music is designed specifically to help you focus on the task at hand. Therefore, there’s plenty of merit in playing it while studying or working.

Many TikTok users agreed with that sentiment too. Some commenters called her hack “perfect,” saying they couldn’t wait to try it.

“Such a good idea,” one user wrote.

“I can already tell this will work,” another added.

“I DID THIS YESTERDAY 10/10,” another praised.

Some even posted responses to Kaitlyn’s video, showing how the music had helped them.

“I’M SHOOK AT HOW EFFECTIVE IT IS,” one TikToker, named Zakir, wrote.


##duet with @kaitlyncraigen IM SHOOK AT HOW EFFECTIVE THIS IS 🤯🤯 THANK YOU ##fyp ##GamingLife ##WorldSeries

♬ Coconut Mall (From “Mario Kart Wii”) – Arcade Player

If you really want to try the hack for yourself, someone seems to have put together a massive Spotify playlist featuring songs from almost every Mario Kart game. Happy studying.

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