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Strategies of College Success: Understanding Your Learning Personality

By Lori Huertas

When I was pursuing a graduate degree in counseling psychology, my professor took the concept of strategies of college success further by discussing the importance of understanding one’s own personality as a key to be effective as a college student. 

Graphic Credit to 16 Personalities

He gave us a personality assessment known as the Myer-Briggs Test. I learned how the results of this test can help students maximize their strengths and use their challenging personality traits to make a personal positive impact at their university with their academic studies and at their future careers.

Many people refer to this test as The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI. The idea of this test stemmed from the personality philosophies of Carl Jung. Carl Jung was the one who founded analytic psychology. His work has been influential in the study of religion and psychology.

A mom and daughter, Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs developed this test as a way of helping others recognize their assets as well weaknesses or areas of growth based on their personality. 

Curious to what your personality is? Take the free online quiz:   Mine is ENFJ, same as Oprah Winfrey.

The results of the MBTI include four main areas:

Extraversion (E) vs. Introversion (I) The first letter reveals if people prefer spending time with others or being alone.

Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N) The second letter demonstrates if people obtain data from paying attention to evidence and facts, or from their instinct.

Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F) The third letter show how people make choices in their life based on the information about a subject or the opinions of the people the matter affects.

Judging (J) – Perceiving (P) The fourth letter tells whether people respond externally, according to a set of rules or spontaneity.

With a careful look at each personality, students can become aware of areas that will increase their likelihood of success in college. Barry University students both traditional (those that just graduated from high school) and non-traditional (extended learning adult learners) can benefit from learning about how their unique personality type can impact them as they pursue their degree.

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Are you ready to apply your results as a college student? Her are the 16 possible results:

ISTJ (Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judging) AKA: The Inspector

Use your attention to detail to meet deadlines.

ISFJ (Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judging) AKA: The Protector

Use your nurturing skills to enhance connections with classmates.

INFJ (Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, Judging) AKA: The Counselor

Use your creativity to solve problems.

INTJ (Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judging) AKA: The Mastermind

Use logic and reasoning to solve complex problems. 

ISTP (Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving)AKA: The Crafter

Use natural analyzing data skills to find practical solutions.

ISFP (Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)AKA: The Composer

Use quiet time alone to recharge.

INFP (Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving)AKA: The Healer

Use open, nonjudgmental nature, to accept people for who they are.

INTP (Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Perceiving)AKA: The Architect

Use your inquisitive nature to find discrepancies.

ESTP (Extroversion, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving)AKA: The Promoter

Use your energetic nature when solving problems. 

ESFP (Extroversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)AKA: The Performer

Use your active learning style.

ENFP (Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving)AKA: The Champion

Use your ability to connect with people to motivate others. 

ENTP (Extroversion, Intuition, Thinking, Perceiving)AKA: The Visionary

Use your resourcefulness to find ingenious answers to life’s questions. 

ESTJ (Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judging)AKA: The Supervisor

Use your conscientious temperament to take on leadership positions.

ESFJ (Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)AKA: The Provider

Use your harmonious nature to understand people’s feelings. 

ENFJ (Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling, Judging)AKA: The Teacher

Use your leadership to inspire people.  

ENTJ (Extraversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judging)AKA: The Commander

Use your skills at coordinating tasks to make decisions.

Incorporating the above strategies throughout your academic career at Barry University can allow you to leave a legacy through positive impact. Sharing these strategies with others is a way to put Barry University’s mission statement into action. As you reflect on your personality type, you can work better in groups and successfully take on leadership positions.


Briggs, Katharine C. (1987). Myers-Briggs type indicator. Form G. Palo Alto, Calif.: Consulting Psychologists Press,

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