Study techniques for the intuitive feeler

NF Study Techniques

The NF learner is the most unique, and the least understood in most academic environments. Global in perspective and poetic in nature, the NF needs to see the whole picture at the beginning, to get an overall view of the idea.

As the NT, the NF learner needs to see the overall concept first. Begin a new chapter by reading the abstract in the first pages, then turn to the end of the chapter and look for the summary. Read the summary to get an idea of what major ideas will be covered in the chapter. Look over the pictures, read the captions, and especially any charts and tables to get a feel for how the information fits together.

After you have a rough idea of the overall concepts, then go back to the beginning of the chapter and read it through. You may need to reread sections after you get to the end of each to help fit the pieces together, since most texts are not written with your "whole to part" learning patterns favored. As you read, attend to where these details fit into the overall concepts you picked up from the summary.

As you read, take notes in whatever form is meaningful to you. Your notes might be mostly pictures and diagrams, but you do need to include the important vocabulary to nail the content in a shape that you will need to communicate your understanding to others.

When it is necessary for you to recall details, you can try this colorful technique. Write out the equation or diagram or structure you will have to recall on a fresh page. Then retrace the lines with another pen, then a pencil, then a variety of colored writing implements, colored pens, pencils, crayons, or markers. Each time, carefully trace the lines in the same order each time. Later, when you need to recall it, you should find you can look up into space, or close your eyes, "see" the image, and read it right off the image of the page in your mind.

Find metaphors for the larger concepts to help you to build understanding for how things work. You probably find yourself saying things like "That's just like ... but this has A and that has B." These metaphors are beneficial constructs and very helpful to you, even though your study partners see them as diversions.

Eventually you will have to work through calculations. You may be able to "see" the 3 and 4 dimensional changes that are taking place as the equation describes what is happening. You may imagine yourself inside the changes taking place.

Imagination is one of your strongest tools. Use your imagery and metaphorical reasoning in creative study sessions. Work towards developing a depth of understanding of the concepts. Teachers and even an occasional Professor may be pleased to accept creative adaptations of routine assignments. Just clear your ideas first to ensure you get full credit.