In Part 1 of this topic, we discussed how the MBTI or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator categorises individuals into 16 personality types based on several preferences, such as extraversion or introversion. While many personality tests and models, such as the more recent Holland Occupational Themes, Myers-Briggs remains the most popular and widely used.
The 16 personality types are made up of all the possible combinations of 4 preferences that you choose from 8 possible preference options.. There are no right or wrong personalities, just understanding what works best for you. They are also not the only methods that may work. Once you know you personality type, if you’re interested, you can see which famous people you share your ‘type’ with.
The Importance of Logically Organised, Systematically Filed and Stored Study Materials
Before we get to preferences and study methods, we need to underscore the importance of logically created and curated study materials. Tidy study prep notes, tidy mind, tidy recall is something worth bearing in mind. Whether you’ve sorted your notes into essays, point form summaries, spider diagrams, mind maps or anything else doesn’t matter – the only thing that matters is that you have done so. Otherwise, you are preparing to fail regardless of learning method preference.
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Personality Types and Learning Styles
As an extrovert, you love interacting with people. Try reading a passage out loud to yourself and analysing it aloud, taking part in group discussions or even coaching others. As an introvert, you’ll need to mostly study on your own, listen to recordings of your notes in private, and use plenty of mindmaps.
If you’re a sensing type you rely on your senses to understand the world. Use games, flashcards, diagrams and outlines. You’ll ‘make sense’ of these when you recall them in an exam. If you’re an ‘intuitive’ everything revolves around the question ‘why’. You’re creative so use colour and other creative expressions in your notes. Study in not longer than 1 hour blocks and categorise your notes under ‘why’ questions.
If you’re a ‘thinking’ type something must be logical. Studying comes naturally, but in your case, it’s even more important to have in-depth, organised study notes. If you’re into ‘feeling’ you move with your heart. Things must resonate with you. It helps if you like your course of study! If not, find an angle that matters to you. Study in a positive ambience and block out any negativity.
If you’re into ‘judging’, the structure is everything. Make sure your notes and summaries follow hierarchical structures, such as hierarchical word maps.
Keep your study environment crisp and organised. Also, remember to read up on other points of view – you are very stuck to how you perceive things. If you’re into perceiving, you dislike structure and are more of a ‘learn-and-assimilate-on-the-go’ type of person. You’ll have to learn to follow through and impose some kind of study routine on yourself. Consider giving yourself small rewards for working through chunks. Also, allow yourself to hop from subject to subject section to section, but allow yourself more time to work on everything as you’ll need to go through it more often.
Whatever your preferences, there are study methods that will work for you. Understanding what works is key to creaming that exam.