Identifying weaknesses in working memory
An individual may be constrained by their working memory capacity if he/she:
- Is easily distracted when working on or doing something that is not highly interesting.
- Has trouble waiting his/her turn, for example in a conversation or when waiting in line to get help.
- Struggles with reading comprehension and has to read through texts repeatedly to understand.
- Struggles with problem solving that require holding information in mind, for example mental math calculations.
- Is inconsistent in remembering math facts.
- Struggles with completing tasks, especially multiple step tasks.
- Has difficulty remembering long instruction given in several steps, for example following recipes, directions or school/work assignments.
- Struggles to understand the context in a story or a conversation.
- Has difficulties when planning and organizing something that needs to be done in separate steps.
- Has difficulty staying focused during cognitive demanding tasks but attends well when cognitively demands are minimal.
- Has difficulty integrating new information with prior knowledge.
- When called on, forgets what he/she was planning to say.
- Has difficulty taking notes and listening at the same time.
If you think this list describes yourself or someone you care for, you may want to consider discussing that with a Cogmed Qualified Practice. The Cogmed profiles will also help you understand more about how to recognize working memory problems.