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Short term memory loss
Posted on: 10/16/2008
I have a lot of problems with short term memory loss, or rather not creating these memories at all. Unless I focus, I can't remember (unimportant) things that have happened even 2 minutes ago. This can be a real pain when I need to memorize something for school, and also when I'm asked to recall memories from earlier in the day.
What are some general practices that might help improve this, or that might have caused this problem?
So just how do we get information into short or long term memory? We all have millions of events daily that we don't record and some we do. As you have already discovered the difference is some things we focus on or pay attention to. Something that really gets our attention, say a tree falling on the neighbor's roof, we may remember all our lives from the moment we see it. So the trick is how to develop focus or attention. How do you remember a friend's phone number? You either say it over and over or you write on your hand, right? Spending adequate time going over information helps. Some researchers say going over material right before sleeping helps it sink in. Using multiple senses, writing it, saying it hearing it, seeing it can improve learning. That?s why flash cards or drilling each other in a group often helps. Being aware when you are really focused and when you are day dreaming can be important. If you seem to be unfocused or day dreaming much more than most of the other students your age, you might want to talk to your parents, doctor or school counselor about getting an evaluation. Sometimes a study skills coach can help, sometimes therapy for anxiety helps and sometimes medication can help.
You have taken an important first step in recognizing that this is bothering you. I hope this helps you find the next step.