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    Whenever people explain something new to me, I always forget about 90% of what they said. This problem haunted me all throughout high school and college - I had to use a dictaphone to record every lecture and re-listen to it at least 10 times before I got my head wrapped around it. I can't even remember what people say during a 15 minute meeting. My short term memory is a real problem.

    Now, in the real world this is a real problem: at your job, people will explain something once (or twice maximum) and they think that is a reasonable amount of times for you to have understood what they said. Not for me - from my own experience I have to have heard something at least 5 to 10 times over and over before I get it. I also need a lot of exposure and deep thinking to process what I just heard. I'm like a CPU that's lagging behind. I am not the person to just take something, process it while absorbing it and just go with it. No, I need time to reflect what someone just said.

    That's my problem.. I'm starting a new job and they will expect me to figure things out on my own, and I am absolutely terrible at that. Whenever I am stuck with a missing piece of knowledge, I panic and I absorb and abuse other people's help/time.
    They will also expect me to just get things on the go - and I can't..

    How do I fix this short term memory problem? Help please..
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    I have a similar problem, but that arose due to smoking cannabis everyday for years.

    I also started working 3 weeks ago in an industry in which I have 0 experience whatsoever.

    Personally, I use a couple of techniques to counter the memory issue such as writing important stuff down, taking pictures using my phone of important information and audio recording certain things.
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    (Original post by 571122)
    Whenever people explain something new to me, I always forget about 90% of what they said. This problem haunted me all throughout high school and college - I had to use a dictaphone to record every lecture and re-listen to it at least 10 times before I got my head wrapped around it. I can't even remember what people say during a 15 minute meeting. My short term memory is a real problem.

    Now, in the real world this is a real problem: at your job, people will explain something once (or twice maximum) and they think that is a reasonable amount of times for you to have understood what they said. Not for me - from my own experience I have to have heard something at least 5 to 10 times over and over before I get it. I also need a lot of exposure and deep thinking to process what I just heard. I'm like a CPU that's lagging behind. I am not the person to just take something, process it while absorbing it and just go with it. No, I need time to reflect what someone just said.

    That's my problem.. I'm starting a new job and they will expect me to figure things out on my own, and I am absolutely terrible at that. Whenever I am stuck with a missing piece of knowledge, I panic and I absorb and abuse other people's help/time.
    They will also expect me to just get things on the go - and I can't..

    How do I fix this short term memory problem? Help please..
    My short term memory is terrible too so I write things down. This includes multi step processes.
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    helen19085 is right. It's possible to use such memory-stimulating games to improve short-term memory.

    Neuroplasticity.

    "if you don't use it, you lose it" & "neurons that fire together, wire together".
 
 
 
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