@AdalwinAmillion It's probably not that you're too stupid, but if you don't have a 3D headset, you're probably not used to the lack of depth perception while trying to navigate on all three axis.
@ida @AdalwinAmillion Not helping is that by default (and I'm not sure there's a way to disable this), steering is semiautomatic, that is when you release the stick, movement is automatically countersteered on *most* axes, so it can be hard to get a grip on which directions you're going to automatically keep rotating if you don't countersteer.
It helps when you're learning approaches to go "upwind" much farther, like, 8-10 km, before turning base, so your approach gives you lots of time.
@ida @AdalwinAmillion On departure, a crude, but manageable, way to get out of the slot in such a short distance is to remember you got like, 5 minutes to vacate the docking bay. Take off slow, and carefully orient yourself to the green side of the slot before moving forward, then make minor adjustments to line up with the green side of the slot. When you got everything lined up and you're just up to the threshold, boost through.