Does this mean we should abolish group study? Certainly not. Not only does it provide a valuable learning experience, but it also allows us to explore how those preferring Introversion can more effectively engage with Extraverts, thereby gaining communication skills that will serve them far beyond school.
- Know thyself. Often those who feel less comfortable in group study don’t know why -- sometimes they even think there’s something wrong with them. Simply recognizing that you have a preference for Introversion can help stem resentment, and empower you with the understanding that you can flex within your preference to get more out of the experience. How do you “flex” within your natural preference?
- Come prepared. People who prefer Introversion often like to think about a subject before commenting on it, and don’t always feel comfortable speaking off the cuff. Therefore, the better informed you are on the subject beforehand, the less hesitant you’ll feel about participating in the conversation. If you really want to make an impact, outline beforehand a few points that you want to bring up with the group and fully formulate them in your head.
- Leave your comfort zone and learn to offer a less-than-complete package. Recognize that you won’t always have the luxury of feeling fully prepared to expound on a subject, and that not knowing everything doesn't mean that you can’t say anything. For some speaking extemporaneously is an inborn talent, for others it’s a learned skill. Like any other learned skill, the more you you do it, the less awkward and more confident you’ll feel doing it.