Introverts, rejoice! This is a blog for you.
First, if you don’t quite know what an introvert is, rest assured. An introvert is someone who is deeply “reflective”, often “reserved”, and enjoys spending time with a close-knit group of friends rather than large groups of people that they know less well (Myers-Briggs). Extroverts are usually seen as outgoing, they gather energy from meeting new people, and usually enjoy working in groups rather than alone (Myers-Briggs).
The vast majority of the population falls somewhere between introvert and extrovert. According to Myers-Briggs, it is all about your preference, where you generally fall under just a little bit more of the time. If you would like to test your personality type and if you are more of an introvert or extrovert, you may follow this link to take the personality assessment. https://www.mbtionline.com/?utm_source=MBF&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=online.
Introverts are especially unique because they make up approximately 25% of the population, according to Myers-Briggs.
Introverts have a unique learning style that is different from most extroverts. It can be difficult for them to adapt in a society that is geared more towards extroverts. This is especially true in school. They report finding it harder to learn in the public school system. Many of them are quite independent and perform better when learning independently, which is why they do better in online classes than extroverts on average, according to Sam Houston State University.
Extroverts on average prefer more interactive face-to-face learning around their peers and teachers.
Introverts also prefer not to do as much interaction because they work very efficiently alone and find that being in groups can hinder their thought processes.
I am an outgoing introvert, I personally struggle more in lectures and participation, but excel in online classes because I am usually drained by being around a lot of people, so it tends to interfere with my learning more. I tend to do better when reviewing the notes later on after class. This goes to show that personality type can truly affect cognition and learning.
Now that we understand all this, how do us introverts help ourselves learn better in classes that were made for extroverts? Here are some tips that I have for you:
- Take as good of notes as possible in class.
- Read them thoroughly later.
- Read the textbook and make an outline of the topics from the lecture and textbook.
- Study them in an aesthetically pleasing, but quiet enough environment. (We spend so much time in our heads, so if something outside our heads is more pleasing, then that may help us stay focused.)
- Test yourself on the knowledge. Quizlet is an excellent platform to do this on.
- Talk to your professor/teacher. Some of them are actually quite introverted and can give you wonderful advice! You never know what you may uncover if you talk to your professors!\
Stauffer, C. C., Indermuhle, R., Troche, S. J., & Rammsayer, T. H. (2012). Extraversion and short-term memory for chromatic stimuli: An event-related potential analysis. Internation Journal of Psychophysiology, 86, 66-73. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2012.07.184