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Taking Control of Your Learning

Whether it be fear of learning a new language or lack of motivation, learning a new language may come with its own set of hurdles and challenges.

But remember, nothing is impossible. Thankfully, research has shown that the application of scientific methods towards learning a new skill is reliable in assisting students to overcome these challenges. One of these methods is the Myers-Briggs Type indicator (MBTI) quiz which helps to identify your learning style so that lessons plans can be adapted to meet your needs. The MBTI was developed in the 1930’s by renowned psychologists Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers to identify 16 personality types. To this day it is still being used and is often concluded with how shockingly accurate the results are.

You may not know, but your personality type reveals a lot about yourself. It revolves around the idea that we all have specific preferences which leads to us experiencing life differently. The essence of the theory is that a random variation in the behaviour is actually quite orderly and consistent, as a result of basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment. To conclude, we are all wired to process information differently.

A student’s interest and way of learning directly affects how they take in information and thus knowing your preferred learning style would allow lesson plans to be tailored to your needs. If a student’s preferences are different from the Educator, they may will find it very difficult to adjust to the teaching methods used in the classroom. Therefore, Educators who teach after knowing the personality type of the student often find that they can motivate and teach students because the approach is developed to better meet the needs of the students.

The MBTI usually takes the form of a ‘personality quiz’ and can be broken down into 4 major groups. The Favourite World, The Information, The Decisions and The Structure. Commonly asked questions

Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I): Are you someone that prefers to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world?

Sensing (S) or Intuition (N): Are you someone that prefers to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning?

Thinking (T) or Feeling (F): When making decisions, are you someone that prefers to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances?

Judging (J) or Perceiving (P): In dealing with the outside world, are you someone that prefers to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options?

When you decide on your preference in each category, your own personality type is assessed and expressed as a code with four letters. This four-letter MBTI type abbreviation is a shorthand way of telling you about the interaction of your four mental functions. But keep in mind, all the types are equal, there is no best type. The purpose of knowing about your personality type is to understand and appreciate the differences between people.

Knowing your learning style allows you to take control of your learning if followed by lessons that are being tailor-made just for you. It’s about developing and applying strategies that suit your learning preferences to allow you to see real results and improvements. So, if you are struggling with learning a new language just take our personality quiz here to get started.

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Myers, I. (1962). The Myers Briggs type indicator: Manual. Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press.