Tips for Parents
The Name Game
You and your student will both be meeting many new people this academic year. Here are some tricks to help you remember names:
- Unique Features. Focus on something interesting about the person, from hair color to a wacky interest they may have.
- Repetition. During your first meeting, repeat the person's name out loud ("It's really nice to meet you, Steph!"). Also, say the name to yourself several times during that first encounter.
- Mnemonic. Try turning the person's name into a mental image of an object. For instance, Steph sounds like "step" so this will remind you of her from now on.
- Associate. While repeating the name, try to associate the mnemonic with the person. Steph sounds like "step" so imagine her running up thestairs.
- Double Take. At the end of your initial encounter, repeat the person's name ("See you later, Steph!").
- Write it Down. And if your memory needs a nudge, write it down!
Practice the name game and soon you'll be a pro, able to remember the friends and professors that your student is talking about, as well as the people you meet on campus, too!
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