Psychological type combined with certain sensory characteristics identified by leading theorists can be classified as learning style. Learning styles are the ways in which people acquire knowledge.

Your learning style may make you more comfortable with some kinds of teaching and learning. Since you don't usually have a choice about how a subject is taught, it's important to get comfortable with different methods for learning.

Both the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Jung Typology Test will help you identify your psychological type. Visit www.humanmetrics.com to take the Jung Typology Test.

Some medical school courses, such as gross anatomy, embryology, histology and cell biology, require detail. Others - like physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and pathology - require understanding process. Our preferred learning style tends to make us better at understanding either physical objects or process. You must ask yourself, "What is happening?" (detail) as well as "Why?" (process).

There is a vast amount of material to cover and content knowledge is very important. Study with a colleague who has a learning style opposite to your own. Working alone may seem more time-efficient than working with others, however while preparing for National Boards be aware of the danger in working alone. When you work alone you may not be able to consider all the dimensions of a subject. Balance is key!