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Old 10-18-17, 11:09 PM
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Memorizing things

I chose the degree plan I'm in now because it is one that doesn't require having to memorize a lot of things. I'm so bad at memorization, my brain just doesn't hold in a ton of information, especially if it's information I don't use a lot. When I read the job description for being a medical coder and it said they discourage memorizing codes because there are so many and you have to look them up in a book, I thought "YES! They actually don't want me to memorize things! I'm in!" But one of the classes I'm taking in this degree plan, does require a lot of memorizing crap that is just over my head and I'm sitting here going, WTH?! Can I really do this? Should I even do this? It's just so daunting.

I'm hopefully starting ADHD meds soon. Does it help with memorization?
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Re: Memorizing things

It can help with executive function which is part of memorizing. I know when I was in my minor program for theater I used to write and re-write over the scripts to help me memorize my lines.
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Re: Memorizing things

I find that it's not so much an issue or memory, but rather trying to absorb the information in the first place. If you can get yourself to a point where you're more focused in the moment, then you should find yourself "retaining" more information, because you actually took it in when it mattered.
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Re: Memorizing things

I do have much more trouble tuning out distractions and focusing, than I used to. I guess because there are more distractions now. I find myself having to re-read things multiple times, which I've always had to do, but not as much as I do now. My mind just wanders so easily. Plus, I try to do my studying at the end of the day, after the kids are in bed, and my brain just wants to veg out.

I have always had trouble with memorizing basic things, though. Like in school, I did ok with the higher math concepts, but sucked at memorizing math facts, so I had to work harder and longer than everyone else.

I've found that flashcards help me, though, so I should utilize that more, I guess.
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