ISFP Learning Style

How ISFPs acquire, memorize and recollect information

In ISFPs, interest in learning a subject is related to a sense of “I like this, this is beautiful”. The more they enjoy the given topic, the greater their interest in it and the greater their desire to participate in the direct application of what they learn.

Their desire to study something increases with the possibility of receiving aesthetic pleasure from it.

ISFPs easily take in practical material, especially if it is demonstrated using straightforward, real-life examples. Active learning methods help their learning of new information. Although they are capable of independently assimilating material from recommended sources, this is not the best method for ISFPs.

Strict logical consistency in how the material is presented does not make a big difference to how well an ISFP learns. Learning material lacking significant logical flow is not especially straining for ISFPs. In fact, a task like learning the rules of the road may be simpler for an ISFP than studying a theory. A moderate pace of delivery of the information is favorable. ISFPs are capable of learning from sources not unified by a single formal learning process (e.g., individual courses or readings).

ISFPs easily and quickly retain new material when it actively engages their feelings and emotions. Information retained this way remains in their memory for a long time, and such memory is generally stronger and more accurate than memory that requires deep reflection and understanding. Mechanical memorization, as a rule, is also accurate. The repetition of material for better retention is of great value to ISFPs. Retention is also significantly improved when the same material is delivered in a number of different ways, such as with the help of multimedia aids.

ISFPs are able to apply new material once they have a good sense of its details and nuances. ISFPs are capable of varied practical work with material they have learned well and understood, and it brings them great joy.

ISFPs, as a rule, have a moderate degree of tolerance to high levels of learning related stress. They do not always evenly distribute their efforts when learning new material and may resort to last-minute cramming.

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An ISFP’s learning is improved when:

  • The subject actively engages their feelings and emotions
  • Material is presented in an aesthetic way
  • They participate in group work with the study material
  • Lecture materials are available (significantly helps their exam preparation)

An ISFP’s learning is hindered when:

  • Material is overly theoretical
  • Material lacks practical application
  • Information does not engage their feelings and emotions (reduces interest)
  • There is a lack of visual aids and active learning methods