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Matching Tutors with MBTI

Charles is 16 years old, a high school student who lives in a quiet town south of Prague. Charles wants to study English and is looking for a school to study at a distance. Why does Charles seek distance learning? Who will we recommend to accompany Charles in his apprenticeship?

Isabel is Spanish, super communicative, and full of energy! She loves working with teenagers and soon looks like a great candidate to take over classes with Charles at learnwithscience. There is also Kelly, an introspective Irish woman, trained in psychology, who is, without a doubt, our most experienced tutor. Both are young, in their 30s, and enjoy working with Charles’ age group. But which one is more suitable for Charles? 

Our proposal at learnwithscience is to go beyond the age group or cultural profile of each student and tutor involved in learning. It is analyzing Charles following a methodology, a way in which we can think about him according to his tastes and affinities. And notjust to direct the best pedagogical practices, but to find the best tutor, the best person to accompany you in your learning process. An innovative metric, an information system that promises to match a student and a tutor and allow them to walk together pleasantly, whether building brainstorms for online games, academic research, or conversations about the origin of life! 

As we have seen in the last articles, Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator proposes a robust typification that allows us to think, among others, activities that best fit their personalities. Online tests have become a rage worldwide, and there are many games with each of the sixteen personality types!

Let’s go back to the characteristics of each of the types of Meyers-Briggs under analysis so that we can see the importance of choosing the correct methodology for each student and, as we defend at learnwithscience, the tutor that best fits the student’s profile.

Finally, Charles took his test to join the learnwithscience platform and his profile is among the rarest in the world, he is an architect, his profile: INTJ. And we have two tutors who present an agenda on the days and times chosen by him, Isabel and Kelly. Taken by cultural profiles, we would think of Kelly, correct?

But our analysts drew the profile of our professionals and Isabel is an ESTP and Kelly is an ISFJ! Of course, there are other traits and other important issues, metrics analyzed by our pedagogical team carefully. But the fact is that our methodology worked, and Isabel will tutor Charles in his endeavour.

Let’s see some characteristics of the three profiles according to GATTAI and CAMANHO (2021) that support our choice.

Charles (INTJ): Introverted, Intuitive, Rational, Judging. Autonomous, reserved, and intellectual; creative, innovative, and original; critical, analytical and logical; intellectually curious, driven to learn and increase their competence and knowledge; socially cautious and reserved; organized and definitive. Appreciate your independence and living up to your standards. Professionally, organizes ideas into action plans; works to remove obstacles to achieving goals.

Isabel (ESTP): Extraverted, Sensory, Rational, Perceptive. Active, adventurous, and impulsive; conversational and curious; casual, adaptive and smart; logical and calm but capable of great humour, fun and charming; observant and fully present in the moment, literal and practical. Enjoys the freedom to have fun and fully experience the here and now. At work, makes things happen, keeps everything alive; negotiates, and commits to the progress of things.

Kelly (ISFJ): Introverted, Sensory, Sentimental, Judging. Cautious, kind, and thoughtful; hesitant to meet people, becoming kind and caring; very literal and aware of the physical world; uncompromising about personal standards and easily offended; applied and conscious, organized and decisive. Enjoys living a stable life and helping people in a real way. Professionally, is careful and responsible with details and routines; spares no effort to serve people.

We continue to argue, it is not enough to know the student’s profile, but to choose a tutor who has affinities that go beyond age or cultural background! And for Charles, creating a program that helps him stay motivated and achieve his goals. At your pace, with your purposes, that’s how we at learnwithscience seek to innovate and bring to the platform the best learning environment for everyone, tutors, students, and researchers.

Thank you for coming with us and see you soon!

 

References: 

Briggs, K. C. (1976). Myers-Briggs type indicator. Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press.
 
Gattai, M. C. P., & Camanho, M. V. (2021). Perfil MBTI e a Tipologia dos Quatro Temperamentos: relações possíveis entre cargos de gestão e não gestão. Psicologia Revista, 30(1), 193-225.
 
Moller, L., & Soles, C. (2001). Myers Briggs type preferences in distance learning education. International Journal of Educational Technology, 2(2).
 
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