Midterm season is here — and knowing UC Berkeley, here to stay for a while. For some students, it’s a time of stress and pressure, and for others, it’s an exciting time to form study groups and bond with classmates. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI, is a self-report questionnaire that classifies personality types based on your energy source, information processing, decision-making and lifestyle. We here at the Clog have compiled how each of the 16 MBTI personalities may react to an upcoming midterm.
As strategic thinkers and planners, INTJs shine during midterms. From the first class of the semester, they’ve marked the calendar and have been waiting for this moment. They’re excited to show off what they’ve been learning.
INTPs love learning and see midterms as an opportunity to review and reinforce concepts they’ve been covering in class. Sure, exams may be tedious, but they strongly believe they will help them learn and grow.
The problem for ENTJs isn’t the upcoming midterm, but rather, how to balance their extracurriculars and leadership positions amid everything. Honestly, they’re not too worried — they’re confident they’ll find a way to balance everything.
ENTPs ask a lot of questions in class. They usually try to stay after the lecture to talk to the professor but always get cut off as the next class comes in. To get their questions covered before the midterm, they’ll be spending a lot of time in office hours, talking both their professor’s and GSI’s ears off on class concepts and midterm formats.
If anything, INFJs don’t have a strong opinion on midterms — exams simply exist as part of the school curriculum. Yet, they still set high standards for themselves. They like to study alone, so they block out three to four hours on their Google Calendar to study at their favorite study spots.
INFPs like helping others with class material, but in order for them to succeed on the midterm, they need time on their own to process the material by themselves, too. They show up at the group study session but also stay up when they go back home to review on their own.
As soon as the midterm is announced, ENFJs organize a study guide for the midterm, fill it in as much as possible and then share it in their class group chat for others to reference and contribute. They’re optimistic about the midterm and hope everyone in their class does well.
Wait, there was a midterm? ENFPs are the type to realize four days before that there’s a midterm worth 30% of their grade coming up. A friend calls them over to study, so they gladly bring snacks and a blanket to grind through the night. They just want to get the midterm over with.
Why do people stress over midterms? ISTJs believe midterms are crucial to a college course, a practical method to measure how they’re doing in class. They don’t really need to study much since they’ve kept up with class material, so they’ll probably just scan through their notes a few minutes prior.
While ISFJs are pretty confident about class material, it can also stress them out. They made a thought-out study plan ages ago, but it takes a lot of alone time and intense focus to execute, so it helps to find their own quiet study space.
ESTJs contact all of their friends and alumni who have taken the class to collect and solve every practice exam that ever existed. They make sure there’s not a single detail they’ve missed on the class slides, past exams and midterm logistics.
Midterms put ESFJs’ stress at its peak. Still, they draw out a detailed study plan and gather a couple of friends from class to compile notes together. They go through your notes 10 times, then an additional five times with friends to make sure they know the material as well as anyone else.
Why is the test multiple-choice when short-response questions are much more effective? ISTPs are always challenging why midterms exist and why their tests are formatted a certain way. They use their fancy note-taking software to pull out the key highlights in their notes.
ISFPs don’t love midterms. Not everyone is a test-taker, so professors should provide alternative methods. But whatever; they’re holding on, thanks to their carefully color-coded notes. They just wish midterm season was over with, and they’re not too worried about the results.
It’s in ESTPs’ nature to question the status quo, so they’re always thinking about how there could be a more effective alternative to tests. They believe that school is an important stepping stone toward their future goal of success; however, it doesn’t determine everything. They want to do well, but they also aren’t too stressed about it.
Here ESFPs are, holding on to their being with their last brain cell. They need at least a couple of weeks of preparation for the midterm because they know they’ll study in bursts rather than all in one sitting. They’ll definitely need food, music and dance breaks for motivation.
If you don’t know what your MBTI type is, take the test here. After you get your results, see what your reaction will be to an upcoming midterm. Happy studying!