From the student’s/worker’s perspective, having to deal with a short-term-memory deficit is very difficult. I think it’s pretty safe to say that, no matter how proficient in a student has been, prior to his or her having attained short-term memory loss, he or she will have several areas which he or she will have to figure out and implement workarounds into his or her academic life or his or her professional life, such to be at all successful in being able to rejoin and to succeed in his or her educational or working pursuits.
There are several things that can be of assistance to someone who has a short-term memory deficit; these include the use of Microsoft Outlook, especially on one’s PDA or phone, can allow the brain injured individual to have access to tools, such as Microsoft Outlook’s (Mail, Calendar, Contacts, TASKS function to plan out the things he or she needs to do.
The great thing about Microsoft Outlook, and other similar programs, is the fact that, as a person is listing what tasks are needed to be completed, he or she can view the list on the computer’s screen and can become aware of the sequence of the day’s events, before actually leaving the computer and before actually leaving home, if the home is departed from, at all.
Once tasks are entered into MS Outlook, what needs to reckoned is what needs to be accomplished first, that will be able to free up time, later on in the day; as well, there are going to be tasks that will need more than one day’s work to accomplish them; these are ongoing, finite projects; other types of things are tasks that need to be repeated, whether this is being sure to check a course syllabus to make sure such to stay up to date and ahead of the eight ball.
As far as reading tasks go, it will not hurt to reread any assigned text more than once; however, if it might be possible to have a tendency to forget what selections have been read, already; therefore, its possible to fall behind if a record of exactly what passages have been read and what passages haven’t isn’t maintained.
Luckily, an LD individual can set Microsoft Outlook up so that what appears on his or her on-screen list is an actual line that goes through each task, as soon as it is clicked upon, using the cursor that is controlled by one’s computer mouse.
When the task is selected, the the task, itself, does not disappear; it actually remains onscreen; but, a single line appears through the task, to signify the task as having been completed.
My own short-term-memory deficit, several zillion times, in the past, has caused me to redo the same task over and over; however, when I started using Outlook, consistently, I very soon had this aggravation nearly permanently disappear; as well, using this type of list-using tactic has caused my memory deficit to wane.
And, the greatest advantage of all that MS Outlook presents is the possibility to be used on what is called a PDA; these are personal digital assistants and they can be “loaded” with computer applications, including MS Outlook; therefore, one can have the ability to take MS Outlook list on the go, to any site; as well, a person can select each task that he or she has cued up on his or her PDA or phone and the task will disappear, such to illuminate to the individual that the task doesn’t need to be focused on anymore.
The hope is that an individual will, eventually, become enabled to start out a day with a PDA or phone that has, say, five tasks, appearing on it; each time task is completed, the person will select it and the task will disappear.
Then, when a good amount of things have been completed and the individual is feeling tired, he or she will be able to go home and be reminded, by looking at the computer’s version of the task list, on MS Outlook, to see all that has been accomplished; using this method, a person becomes enabled to know what has been and is being accomplished, how much time it takes to accomplish what is accomplished and it will also allow provide an idea of what can be done differently, such to maximize progress, in relationship to methods of work.
Finally, becoming self-aware can also allow a person to obtain a better idea of his or her potential for when an individual is planning out days, in the future.
The neat thing about this is the fact that he or she will, most likely, become aware of the fact that he or she is become enabled to complete more and more due to the reality of increased efficiency, as a worker, by virtue of an increase in resilience or by virtue of, both, increased resilience and increased efficiency.