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University Courses that are Suitable for Introverts

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Introverts at university can appreciate a lot of quiet study time, whereas extroverts are likely to need their degree to be a little more sociable.

Usually introverts prefer spending time alone with others, while extroverts enjoy plenty of contact with other people. Make sure that your option of degree course is connected to your preferences and personality type.

Different students at universities have very different lifestyles depending on what subject they are studying and, to some degree, where they are studying it. There is a huge variation in how you divide the balance of your time between being taught and learning by yourself, and quite a deal of variance in methods of teaching and assessment.

Of course, when selecting a degree, there are other factors to consider as well. For example, it is worth considering whether you need a specific course for your career and what types of topics and activities are motivating you. Yet your attitude will also provide you with some important clues as to what kind of topics and courses you would like.

Many subjects usually only have a limited number of hours of interaction per week - that is, official teaching time when you are scheduled for a lecture or other event. Humanities and social science subjects often have quite a small number of hours of communication, usually about 8 to 10 per week and sometimes as low as 4 to 6, depending on your college course and year level.

Some college courses in this category are: English, History, Arts, Archaeology, Anthropology, Creative Writing, Publishing, Philosophy, Theology, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology.

A portion of your communication time will be spent in lectures where you sit and listen to an academic's speech, but there will also be an opportunity to discuss your thoughts with others in workshops or tutorials.

You are expected to spend the rest of your time training separately - about 25 hours or more a week. In this independent study time, there will probably be one or two team activities to be carried out, but mostly in the plan are writing essays or other research work on your own.

If you're an extrovert, wonder whether this would make you better. You may be able to find some sociable research choices to keep you going, such as forming a study group with a few of your classmates to discuss ideas about coffee once a week but you would still have to spend a lot of time reading and writing all by yourself.

Medicine and engineering courses usually have relatively long periods of communication. Medicine students typically have 20 to 25 hours a week in college and do full-time hours in placement hospitals for hands-on learning experience, talking to patients and dynamic colleagues. Students in engineering often have about 20 hours of social interaction time per week as well.

Your week would include plenty of interactive sessions with both courses of study, where you can communicate with other students. So these will really keep extroverts happy, but not so much that will interest introverts with.

Other courses that will fit well for introverts could be in accounting, finance, design, computing, information technology, and literature.

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