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What about faculty who prefer Introversion?

What about faculty who prefer Introversion?

By Catherine Rains 


What specific ways can students who prefer Extraversion flex their learning style to interact with teachers with an Introverted teaching style? The following are some of the suggestions I’ve heard from students, faculty, and college counselors over the past decade.

  • Don’t interrupt the teacher, or other students, when they are speaking. Raise your hand when you want to share an idea or ask a question.
  • Monitor your temptation to “think out loud” during a lecture, making it a goal to fully think through your question or comment before sharing it with teachers and/or the class. Perhaps wait to speak until the teacher pauses and asks if there are any questions.
  • Write down the questions that you aren’t able to ask, and ask them later during your teacher’s office hours. Or perhaps better yet, email your questions to him or her.
  • Do all the assigned pre-reading and think through what types of questions the teacher might ask during class. Prepare well-thought-out questions based on the pre-reading. Part of your grade could be based on how prepared you are for class, so ask only questions that demonstrate that you did the pre-reading.
  • Rather than having side conversations with classmates during class, wait until break or after class for discussion on the topic.
  • Form study groups with other students who prefer Extraversion. Since you learn better when you listen closely to and discuss a topic, this could be a very effective way to study for tests.

What other strategies can you think of? What was successful for you when you were taught by your opposite preference for Extraversion or Introversion? Please leave your ideas below.

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