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