ISTJ Learning Style

How ISTJs acquire, memorize and recollect information

In ISTJs, interest in learning a subject stems from the question, “Is this practical and useful to me?” The more precisely they can learn how something can be put to use or how they can operate it, the greater their interest in the topic and the greater their desire to apply what they learn.

Their interest in studying something is driven by the desire to gain experience in successfully implementing plans or carrying out hands-on activities.

ISTJs are capable of grasping material that has logical flow and material that consists of a set of practical information. They can take in large sets of conceptually unrelated information like facts or instructions. They are most receptive to new material when it is delivered using straightforward, real-life examples. ISTJs understand learned information concretely, and they immediately grasp how it can be practically applied. They are capable of learning independently, especially if the material is of practical nature. Group work with the material gives an ISTJ no advantage compared to independent work.

ISTJs are able to actively and effectively apply material they have learned and understood well in concrete tasks.

ISTJs have a high degree of tolerance to high levels of learning related stress. They prefer to evenly distribute their efforts when learning new material.

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An ISTJ’s learning is improved when:

  • Material is practical in nature
  • There is logical flow in the presentation of material
  • The same material is presented repeatedly (improves retention)
  • Material is presented using various examples (improves retention)
  • Material is delivered at a moderate pace
  • Teaching is systematic (e.g., an organized degree or certification program)
  • They receive praise for their hard work and success
  • Lecture materials are available (can improve exam preparation)

An ISTJ’s learning is hindered when:

  • Material is overly theoretical
  • Material deals mostly with problems, rather than their solutions
  • Material lacks practical application
  • Material appeals primarily to the finer feelings
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