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I am undergraduate in Computer Science and my problem is that i don't quite understand what's wrong with me

  1. When I am taking a course I am able to understand it but at much slower rate then other students which results in me taking 2 or 3 courses instead of 5 or 6 that i should be taking, also I have to go in deep details for every subject to be able to understand it and this is very time consuming because it requires alot of research.

  2. I have also noticed that my fellow students are able to read much quicker and to understand what the Author is telling them, while I often need much longer just to read the page plus I have to read it couple of times to actually understand the Author and i often get it wrong (I often get wrong what the Author actually means i.e I often interpret it the wrong way) and I am like slower at everything writing, walking, thinking, solving

  3. And the most devastating part is that after the exams I forget everything literally everything as if I never learned it, this is very demotivating especially knowing that in order to get my degree i have to demonstrate my knowledge from the past too.

Am I mentally retarded or just stupid (like IQ bellow 80 or something) has anyone had similar experience ?

Even if I make it will I have any chance in the workforce?

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    I'll suggest that you just have poor skills for learning and need to up your game. You are unlikely to learn much just from reading. It is too passive and doesn't provide the appropriate mental reinforcement that lets you learn deeply. Look into active learning. – Buffy Nov 26 '19 at 20:58
  • @Buffy thats also the sad part everything I learn I immidiatly search for extra assignments in hope to not forget the concepts f.e in programming I will search for extra assignments besides the one that the Professor has given us but as soon as it gets complicated with alot of details I simply forget it – user12394078 Nov 26 '19 at 21:07
  • Have you been screened for learning disabilities? Have you looked into alternate study habits? If there is a problem, it's usually one or the other. But unfortunately, we will not be able to diagnose the problem or offer a prognosis here. – cag51 Nov 26 '19 at 22:32
  • @cag51 yes I am currently under screening process, I wanted to see if anyone has had similar difficulties since it is hard for me to talk about it unanonymously – user12394078 Nov 27 '19 at 6:14
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No. You are definitely not retarded.

You mention that you spend a considerable amount of time going into deep research on every subject. Indeed one of the skills you develop (or should strive to develop) during the course of your studies is to adopt a more pragmatic approach and understand when do you need to understand every detail and when do you need to only understand things at a high level. I had a similar experience to yours so I know that this might sound to you like cheating/impostering, but the reality is that with the sometimes overwhelming load that you are faced with during your studies (and will keep facing in your future academic or professional life) you routinely need to evaluate if the gain in your overall performance from this additional rigorousness will indeed justify the amount of time you will invest in it, often at the expanse of other tasks.

Two things that helped me personally to control this tendency are:

  1. Studying with other students. This can help give you some feedback on whether it is indeed vital to go into that level of detail on that particular task.

  2. Deciding in advance how much time I'm going to dedicate to a specific task. This is indeed challenging and might also be stressful at times, but knowing you have this time constraint can help you to prioritize what are the most vital elements of each task.

Another equally important point: from your description it sounds possible that you might have ADHD or some other learning disability. I recommend that you will approach the unit in your university in charge of supporting students with learning disabilities. They will be able to advise you how to optimize your learning process and help you get additional assistance that you may be entitled for.

Last but not least, have faith in yourself! the fact that you are taking such a challenging program and are studying diligently and the very fact that you asked this question shows that you are capable!

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Dont feel like you cant make it in the workforce, as long as you improve, even slowly, you should be able to build your skill set and prove your worth in any field.

I often overwhelmed myself with 7 or 8 courses per semester but had to drop many (due to gaming.) That being said, slow reading and re reading, along with forgetting things after tests are something Ive experienced since I was extremely young.

That being said, I have been tested by the international High IQ society and scored a 143 when I was 12. I managed to finish my physics degree and I managed to teach myself programming after college (I majored in physics and was a teacher for 2 years but unhappy when I wasnt learning) in under 6 months and get a job in industry. I tend to learn faster and retain only things I find interesting, and not things Im simply TOLD I will need or to remember.

Everyone is different, but you may have ADHD like I do. It makes focusing and remembering difficult. This is why I often have to re read over and over and over. It also contributes to how often I forget things. It is a daily issue that I spend up to 20 minutes looking for my keys and wallet before work, and I often get hungry, make food and forget it in the microwave when I begin some other random task. If these sound familiar maybe consider a doctors appointment and a discussion. I am unmedicated (had medicine from age 5 to 18 but now cant remember to go to the doctor or schedule things so I've fallen off that habit year ago)

  • It makes focusing and remembering difficult. This is why I often have to re read over and over and over. It also contributes to how often I forget things. It is a daily issue that I spend up to 20 minutes looking for my keys and wallet before work, and I often get hungry, make food and forget it in the microwave when I begin some other random task. omg this sound very familiar, did the medication help that you took from age 5 to 18? – user12394078 Nov 26 '19 at 21:13
  • My parents and teachers said it made me seem more calm. That being said, I still feel very capable without it. I feel like my mind wanders more but also functions faster I wont at all play doctor tho, my experience may not match yours and I would recommend speaking with one. If you are going to try medication, while in school or especially during summer when you (likely) have off is way better than trying something like that when you have a full time job or more responsibilities (Not that school isnt a responsibility). Keep learning and researching and keep building yourself. Youll be fine – AlbinoRhino Nov 26 '19 at 22:03

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