ESFJ Learning Style

How ESFJs acquire, memorize and recollect information

In ESFJs, interest in learning a subject is related to the question, “Will this help me in work with others?” The more positive the answer to this question, the greater their interest in the topic, and the greater their desire to actively engage in it and apply what they learn.

ESFJ’s are interested in studying something when they see the possibility of gaining new skills and putting them to practice.

ESFJs find it easy to take in material when a significant part of it is devoted to the topic’s connection and relevance to people, and when it can be demonstrated with straightforward, real-life examples, as opposed to theoretical ones. They are capable of independently grasping material - mostly that of practical nature. ESFJs are also able to take in a substantial amount of information lacking significant logical flow. Whether or not the material is presented in a systematic and logical way has little impact on their learning.

ESFJs are good at remembering new material when their feelings and emotions are engaged, and when they communicate actively during the learning process. ESFJs are able to precisely reproduce learned information, especially if they associate it with any feelings. As a rule, mechanical memorization is highly accurate in ESFJs, so they are able to recall many details about rapidly changing information, like in a fast-paced slide show.

ESFJs are capable of applying new material once they understand its details and nuances. They apply it most effectively in straightforward tasks. Working with material they have learned, understood, and internalized brings them great joy.

Although ESFJs are highly tolerant to high levels of learning related stress, they prefer to evenly distribute their efforts when learning new material.

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An ESFJ’s learning is improved when:

  • The subject engages their feelings and emotions
  • Learning is systematic (e.g., an organized degree or certification program)
  • Connections between the material delivered and human interests are emphasized
  • Active learning methods such as debates, learning games and contests are used
  • Material is delivered at a moderate pace
  • The same material is repeatedly presented (significantly improves retention)
  • The material is delivered from different angles (significantly improves retention)
  • Lecture materials are available (can improve exam preparation)

An ESFJ’s learning is hindered when:

  • Material is overly conceptual
  • Material lacks practical application (strongly reduces interest)
  • The information being taught does not appeal to their feelings and emotions