4 Quick & Easy Ways To Remember Student Names

Do you know what the sweetest word is for 99% of people?

It’s not FREE.

It’s their own NAME.

Do whatever it takes to remember your students by name.  I have a truly terrible memory, and when I first started teaching I could hardly remember a single name. It was very embarrassing.

4 Quick & Easy Ways To Remember Names

Remember Name Memory Trick 1
Sign In Sheet

I have a Sign in Sheet on the table as they come through the door. Everyone has to put a tick by their names or write their name if they are a new student. After every class I look at the Sign in Sheet and look at all names. I then visualise the person while looking at their name.

Remember Name Memory Trick 2
Juggling Ball

I take a juggling ball (very soft ball) with me and play the Introduce Yourself Game.

I throw the ball to the person closest to me on my right and ask him or her to say their name. The person then throws the ball back to me. I then throw the ball the next person. I keep doing this until everyone says their name.

It’s a good laugh and is a great Ice Breaker.

I probably play the Introduce Yourself Game every four months.

Remember Name Memory Trick 3

Before entering the venue for my class, I’ll get my folder out and look at the names on my Sign in Sheet. I will visualise my student’s face and see myself saying, “Hi Jo.”

Remember Name Memory Trick 4
Bizarre Story Using Student’s First Name

When a new student arrives at my class and says:

My name is Susan

I immediately create a bizarre story in my mind that will trigger each time I see her.

For example…

I imagine Susan Sarandon SUEing me for not having a yoga mat worthy enough of an A List celebrity. I visualise myself and her in court with Susan pointing an accusing finger at me, and saying “Your yoga mats aren’t sticky and thick enough.”

The more bizarre you can make the association, the more chance you have of remembering his or her name.

That’s it.

Hope those four memory tricks help you.

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