ISTP are auxiliary function sensors. By using their extroverted sensing function (Se) they take in information as facts and experiences from the outside world for internal processing by their introverted thinking (Ti); as a thinking sensor the ISTP has a dominant Kinesthetic learning style but also learns well by using visual observation to pick up on details.
Due to the logical nature of the Ti dominant function ISTPs can do well at school. Clearly structured and straightforward material will strongly appeal to the dominant Ti function. The ISTP will learn very well through experience and practice which requires little effort due to the nature of the Se function, used for collection of information from the outside world. This differs from intuitives who desire to establish key concepts to aid their understanding.
How it worksEdit
A typical learning process for an ISTP would be to practice a problem and observe the results using Se. Then use Ti to sort the observations for the underlying principles and facts.
For example ISTPs will typically learn mathematics by first observing how an example problem is solved. Then attempting to solve the problem themselves and comparing their obtained results to the actual result. Finally using the Ti and Ni loop they will internally process why they obtained that result and establish key steps for solving a similar problem next time.
This implies that in certain scenarios where a mathematics subject may only be presented as a series of conceptual ideas ISTPs will have difficulty understanding what is actually being achieved and will have difficulty using their Se function to take in information. As a result many ISTPs will be drawn to more practical careers.
"For a certain type of learner, being physically engaged is a key part of learning anything; it's called a kinesthetic learning style. That can make learning from books or learning raw abstract theory difficult, and I personally am convinced that learning style is probably popular among ISTPs. Sometimes it can help to do things like chewing gum or twirling a pen in your fingers while you are listening. It occupies that part of your brain that craves action and physicality, and essentially gets it to shut up" (Daniel Heckert ).