Students' cognitive styles play a key role in their success in online courses. We believe satisfying online learners' cognitive styles is a critical success factor for online instruction. Understanding students' personality traits and learning styles helps our eLearning platform better understand the students, create a more conducive learning environment, and help students be more successful in the subject they chosen to study i.e. Maths.
Here are some examples that show you what we mean. Suppose there is a student who is introverted. This should tell us that our teaching platform will need to provide plenty of time for that child to learn independently; we can expect a strongly introverted student to be fairly self-directed and likely to prefer one-to-one online tutoring session with a tutor rather than within an online class with several students. On the other hand, if a student is extroverted, we should prompt the tutor to spend more time interacting with that student directly, as well as arranging additional interactions with the rest of the students in a class tutoring environment. Extravert students may prefer to attend online classes with several students simultaneously.
Now suppose a student has a preference for sensing. We should expect to communicate with that student using lots of visual and audio stimulation and activity. On the other hand, if a student is more intuitive, providing opportunities for her to exercise her active imagination will be of great benefit.
The whole point of assessing a student's personality is that we can use that information to design our program so that it plays to the student's strengths and increases the tutor’s teaching efficiency, thereby maximizing learning potential.