College Major Assessment: How Do College Students Learn Best?

Jonathan Bollag, Owner and FounderBlogs, College Prep, MBTI

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Learning & The Eight Dichotomies: Extraversion, Introversion, Sensing, Intuition, Thinking, Feeling, Judging, and Perceiving.

Everyone learns differently. The world is split into 16 different Myers-Briggs® (MBTI®) Personality Types, hence we learn in 16 different ways. Of course these learning styles still vary slightly, though our innate preferred learning style, that is how we were born to learn, recall information, and study best, generally does not change. It is especially important for college students to understand how they learn best so that they can make the most out of their college experience. Completing a Myers Briggs Test can help. If students struggle, it can very well be that they are not using, nor maximizing their innate learning style. We will begin by explaining how Extraverts learn best and go through each of the eight personality dichotomies:

How Do Extraverted Student Types Learn Best?

Extraverts learn best via verbal communication either through interactive lectures, class discussion, or group studying. They dislike reading, writing, or studying independently. They prefer college professors who promote interpersonal interaction and team building.

How Do Introverted Student Types Learn Best?

Introverts who have completed an MBTI Assessment have shown to learn best by studying alone or in small groups. They prefer and excel in reading and writing more so then in verbal communication and public speaking. They also need quiet when studying as opposed to extraverted students who like some background noise when learning.

How Do Sensing Student Types Learn Best?

Myers-Briggs® test assessed Sensing types seek specific information when learning. They prefer to study factual based material and do best when given specific instruction. The sensing type usually trusts information as presented by instructors and rarely question facts. These MBTI Types want instructors who provide systematic and clear assignments. They can benefit greatly from the information they obtain from taking a college major assessment.

How Do Intuitive Student Types Learn Best?

Intuitive MBTI test assessed types seek insight into the information presented by their instructors and value original knowledge. They use their imagination to go beyond facts and create their own direction. Intuitive Types prefer less structure then Sensing and Thinking Types. Reading in-between the lines, they enjoy learning about theory that provides them with different perceptions. They respect independent thought and want instructors that promote this type of learning.

How Do Thinking Student Types Learn Best?

Myers-Briggs personality tested Thinking Types want impartial or objective data to study and enjoy evaluating and critiquing original ideas. They find it quite simple to discover flaws in arguments and learn by challenging and debating. They prefer instructors who are logic based and present facts and information as such.

How Do Feeling Student Types Learn Best?

Feeling tested Types relate to people, instructors, learning and study material on a personal level. They are pleasers and wish to please their instructors as such. They prefer personal attention and want to be valued personally and effortlessly find things to appreciate in learning and studying.

How Do Judging Student Types Learn Best?

Judging personality tested Types study steadily and concretely towards closure of learning goals. They prefer to lead and are quite organized. They are planners and dependability is very important to them. They want instructors who are organized and systematic. Judging types are very effective in utilizing the information obtained in a college major test.

How Do Perceiving Student Types Learn Best?

Unlike Judging Types, MBTI tested Perceiving Types are spontaneous and want less formal ways of problem solving. They work and study in blocks of time and energy. They are generally open to novel information and are quite adaptable. They want instructors who are enthuse and amuse them.


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