MBTI Types: ISTJ Personalities and Learning Styles

Geeta AnejaISTJ, Learning Styles, MBTI

Every single one of us has at some point in our lives squandered countless hours trying in vain to memorize volumes of information. Whether we are grade-school students studying for exams, professionals seeking a vocational certification, or administrators preparing for presentations, we’ve all tried “studying hard” only to find our efforts fruitless. Luckily, recent breakthroughs in research on Myers-Briggs® Personality Types ( MBTI® Types ) reveals that how you learn correlates with your personality type. By knowing your MBTI® Type and how it affects your leaning style, you can gain invaluable insights into how to study smart rather than hard. In this post, we focus on The ISTJ Personality Type (Introverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging).

You and your co-workers’ MBTI® Types can affect how decisions are made, both as individuals and as a group or team. Personality type can further influence the negotiation process, including what information is considered important by different individuals, and what final outcomes are more or less valued. It can even influence how “set in stone” the final agreement is. By developing a deeper understanding of personality type, individuals and teams can gain valuable insights into the decision making process, as well as how it can be improved.

According to Dunning (2008), ISTJ MBTI® Types are like sponges, they absorb detailed, concrete information that gives them a solid foundational understanding of a topic. When they are faced with a problem, they consider how they approached similar situations in the past, as well as how the information they know about the topic can apply to the particularities of the context. For ISTJs, more information means more factual connections—the more information they are presented with, the more effectively they can absorb and apply it.

Learn about ISTJ MBTI® Types and their learning preferences. Including tips & strategies on how to teach & manage an ISTJ.

Learn about ISTJ MBTI® Types and their learning preferences. Including tips & strategies on how to teach & manage an ISTJ.

In the classroom, ISTJs need clarity and structure. They expect clear objectives and expectations, so they have a solid understanding of the end goal of a lesson or unit. For the same reason, practical or applied activities are also helpful – the more ways they can apply information, the more useful they will see it as being. That said, they also need time to deeply think about material, and prefer to have the time to do so on their own before having to jump into group work. When teaching an ISTJ, consider assigning reading or theoretical projects for homework, where ISTJs can take their time to absorb the content in their own time, before assigning applied components in class.

When it comes to interacting with others in learning environments, both instructors and peers, ISTJs appreciate having an intimate, small group discussion that then moves into application. They may feel uncomfortable asking or answering questions in a large group without having the time to engage with material individually first, though they do appreciate being able to ask instructors questions individually. They also appreciate being presented with additional, supplementary resources that they can explore at their own leisure, since they are often interested in learning more detail than is presented in the classroom. However, they still enjoy being able to work with others, watch them solve tasks, and collectively improve upon it. When it comes to receiving feedback or evaluations of their work, ISTJs prefer to receive as much detail as possible, since they prefer to make necessary changes with this level of specificity.

As ISTJs continue to learn, they should make an effort to consider how they can structure learning environments to fit their style, and also give themselves the time to explore information in a less structured way as well as in the classroom. With a few small steps, they can be on their way to faster, more effective learning!

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Introduction To Type and Learning. (Dunning, D, 2008. CPP)