7. Using words and rhymes
Words and rhymes can also help you to remember people’s names.
Try thinking of words that start with the same letter as the person’s name:
You could also think of words that rhyme with the person’s name:
Some people make up their own rhymes, songs or sayings to help them remember facts and numbers. Here are some techniques people told us they use:
- Betty found it difficult to remember the registration number of her car, which was Y288 FHT.
She made up this humorous sentence:
Why (have I got) 288 Fat Hairy Toes?
You might be able to think of a word where the initials stand for a set of actions you have to remember.
- When Jean arrived home, she had to open the front door, switch off the alarm and then press a ‘zapper’ to close the electric garage door. She found it difficult to remember the zapper, so the garage door was often left open. Jean hung a DAZ washing powder packet by her front door to remind her of the procedure.
D - door
A - alarm
Z - zapper
- Harry always forgot to close the front gate when he got home. He made up the word GLO to help him remember.
G - gate
L - lock car door
O - open front door
It can help if you picture yourself carrying out the sequence of actions in your head.
A joke or funny phrase might also help you to remember. For example:
Jean DAZZLED herself every time she zapped the garage door!
Harry felt a GLO of pride as he remembered to lock the gate!
Use any reminder that works for you – it doesn’t matter how odd it may seem to someone else.