Study techniques for the intuitive thinker

NT Study Techniques

The NT learner spends much of the early educational experience frustrated. Often perhaps considered (inappropriately) "late bloomers" educationally, the NT needs to know the destination before planning the trip. Many of us are haunted by memories of a teacher's litany, "You have to build the foundation before you put the roof on the house!"

The NT learner needs to see the overall concept first. Begin a new chapter by looking at the abstract on the first page, 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, and how they all fit together. You might also want to look over the pictures, read the captions, and especially any charts and tables. Charts will often show you relationships between variables.

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 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.

Take notes while you read. You will likely find your notes full of pictures and diagrams which show the patterns in the information. Lines and arrows are meaningful to the NT, and help to order the content into the 3 dimensional patterns of reality. When you encounter calculations, look at the variables and at what is happening to each variable in each step of the calculation. See in your minds eye what is being calculated, in terms of real stuff, or what is begin changed in the system.

The biggest educational obstacle for the NT is the conventional pedagogical wisdom of details first, building to concept, which is the exact opposite to what the NT needs to do.

NT's may or may not care to work in groups, but rather consistently prefer to do it alone first, then to come into the group once they thoroughly understand what needs to be done and how to do it. NT's should therefore attend to their own behavior and try NOT to take over the group, which is a natural tendency, since they already have determined how to accomplish the task. For this reason, NT's make good tutors in a peer group, explaining the physical and three dimensional concepts the ST's and SF's may have initial difficulty seeing.