Practical solutions for remembering details and making them stick?
January 20, 2014 7:41 AM Subscribe
Asking for a friend, who is worrying about this. He is in his 20's. He has a very difficult time remembering details, and is very self-conscious about it. It seems to take him a lot more work to remember facts, figures and details compared to his peers. He would like to know if there are methods to improve this kind of memory, or whether this is a handicap he will have to deal with.
posted by BuddyBoo to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
He gave me approval to post this, and I am planning on sharing the answer with him.
He is intelligent and well spoken, and very creative. But he says that both his long-term memory has been shot for as long as he can remember. He beats himself up because he can't remember details that others seem to get with ease. He crams well for tests and aces them, but any information he learned is gone the following day. So he seems to have a hard time moving things into his long-term memory. He can remember specifics if he really works hard, but little "sticks" otherwise. He feels that he has learned very little from college (and school in general) because of this.
He told me that he was at a party the other day, and popular music from the 90/00`s was playing. Even though he grew up on this stuff and loved it at the time, he couldn't remember the lyrics from even the songs that he was familiar with - everyone else was singing along, and apparently people didn't understand why he couldn't sing any of these songs. He also has trouble with birthdays, names, dates, phone numbers, etc. People who can remember these things well seem to amaze and baffle him.
He also played many video games as a child, and has many fond memories of them, but again cannot remember details from those games. His friend, who he played many of those games with, was describing to him games that he had played before, and he did not remember much of what his friend was talking about, which worries him more.
He is considering trying out the memory-training site Luminosity to see if that helps. He also might try forcing himself to memorize song lyrics to Any other suggestions? Has anyone with a poor memory been able to improve it? Or if you had to learn to live with it, what tricks did you use to cope? He's been like this for a while, so it isn't something where he should see the doctor, right?
PS: He says he was recently diagnosed for ADD, I'm not sure if that is a factor.