Attention Introverts! A blog on how to navigate classes geared toward extroverts!

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.

Introverts are especially unique because they make up approximately 25% of the population, according to Myers-Briggs.

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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.

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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:

  1. Take as good of notes as possible in class.
  2. Read them thoroughly later.
  3. Read the textbook and make an outline of the topics from the lecture and textbook.
  4. 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.)
  5. Test yourself on the knowledge. Quizlet is an excellent platform to do this on.
  6. 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!\

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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




4 thoughts on “Attention Introverts! A blog on how to navigate classes geared toward extroverts!

  1. chadvelezis

    Thanks to you I am now even more eager to take the Meyers-Briggs assessment, and will start saving up to do so. However, just from the graphic you showed, I am confident that I too am an introvert. I definitely relate to the feeling you described of being “drained” around other people. As days go on, especially when I have classes, I see myself spending far more time listening to others and decreasingly willing to socialize. I won’t lie, it hurts to know that you want to go out and be with friends or partake in something, but be held bcak by our minds nagging us to isolate and replenish our social (energy? resources? no perfect way to describe it..) Regardless, it is important to do what makes us happy and comfortable, while being willing to challenge ourselves and make healthy social connections.

  2. ewooten

    I think that this is really interesting! The MBTI test is very cool because it really makes you think about yourself and analyze how you act and react to things that you maybe normally don’t think about. I definitely agree that classes are harder to engage in for introverts, as the participation aspects can be very draining and stressful for those of us who don’t work well in those types of situations. I also am very appreciative of the studying tips and think that they would definitely help some introverts learn in a better way for their mentality.

  3. cookcl

    I am definitely an introvert and reading this was very interesting! I never really gave anymore thought to this idea because I just accepted it and moved on but I really enjoyed reading about these different types of people. I am also now very interested in taking that personality assessment just to see how the results compare to what I was already thinking.

  4. dzuleta

    I wonder if how an introvert focuses in class can also be affected by how they are as a learner. Some people process material visually, linguistically, or hands on. I think it’s possible that even an introvert can better process material by methods that would not necessarily fall in the “introvert” category. Personally I think I fall under the introvert category but I think the way I learn the best is through a hands on method with lecture as well. Despite having to interact with other people (gasp) it is an extremely helpful tool to process material and when someone is way more focused on the material than the people they are surrounded by, that sense of feeling drained isn’t there. Maybe that makes me an extrovert but perhaps the way we learn in class isn’t dictated by that.

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