I've come to the realization that I have a problem retaining any new information that I come across. I guess I've known for a while, but never actually realized how bad it was until the other day, when I got called out by a friend after trying to explain something that I had literally just read 3 hours before the conversation.
I consider myself someone who wants to constantly learn. I have lots of interests in many different areas. Reading was never important in my house growing up...my parents were too busy with other things to worry about whether I was actually doing the book reports, research papers, etc. I barely scathed by highschool and eventually (with a complete lack of guidance and glearing personal issues) failed out of college.
I can remember always being interested in new information, but never being able to finish learning anything...at that point I would just chalk it up as ADD and not being interested completely in the subject, and continued on with my life. (not a good choice btw)
At some point I started controlling the ADD aspect of it.(barely) I could read books, listen to lectures/presentations, and watch docs/movies/presentation a little longer and longer. I do not believe it's under control, but I do believe it's going in the right direction.
My set back is that when ever I'm learning something new regardless of the median it's being introduced through, I cannot retain said information.
This has been going on for as long as I can remember now and I'm just completely fed up with it. So my question is to fellow TNationers, how do I retain information that I learn? Is there something wrong with my brain? Is it just the way I'm learning it? am I doomed?