Inability to memorize anything--starting to haunt me To get right to the point, I am currently getting a C in the dreaded calc 2. It is because I simply cannot drill anything into my head. The center of mass formulas, the arc length formula, the surface area formula, error bound formulas, most of the common trig integrals. I could not recall most of them on my midterm (which I failed miserably, <50%) despite having no problem using them in homework and acing my open note quizzes. My midterm consisted of a few flawlessly completed differentials, a correctly solved surface area problem (lucked out that it was a sphere and I didn't need to use the formula), and a bunch of 0 credit embarassments. These questions are loved by the average student because they are easy points for them. I have always barely scraped by in classes that were heavy on memorization--poli sci, econ, psych. That's what drew me to math and physics, specifically to a "learn by doing" school (cal poly). Math has been very low on memorization until now. I breeze through physics because all my professors allow equation sheets on exams. I guess my question is whether I would be able to handle math courses beyond calc 2 with my poor memorization skills. Is it only going to get worse? (I'm a materials engineering major). I feel I have a strong grasp of the main topics of this course--integration techniques, differential equations. I am often the person people come to for help, even by my peers that have higher grades than I do. Also, if there is anybody out there like me, what did you do to deal with it? I've tried writing things down repeatedly, flash cards, reciting them over and over, but nothing works. I can do 100 practice problems and forget the formula I used within minutes. I understand that everyone remembers things differently, but in my many years of schooling I have not been able to find a method that works. Thanks!