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#1 15 December, 2016 - 12:24
Joined: 6 months 3 weeks ago


Those Names are tough. I’ve been stuck on level 5 for a while. I keep getting 7 – three short of the ten I need. I’m always running out of time. It’s fun, though!

22 December, 2016 - 21:14
Joined: 2 years 3 months ago

How often are you practicing?

23 December, 2016 - 02:11
Joined: 6 months 3 weeks ago

Not often enough, if I'm honest, Josh. (Though, to be fair, it's a bad time of the year - so many distractions.)

I saw a list of names/images on Wikipedia - taken, I think, from Ron White's website. I'm guessing the best thing to do is to try to memorise these?

My big problem is: I see a name that doesn't immediately mean anything to me - say 'Douglas' - and, even with a prominent facial feature, I spend ages trying to come up with an image. So I always run out of time. I'm sure if I commit images to memory in advance and then put in the hours, I'll improve.

So I know it's down to me.

If you have any tips - other than putting in the practice - I'd be very grateful.

23 December, 2016 - 03:19
Joined: 2 years 1 month ago

Be creative and practice with thinking of an image for any name you don't have an image for yet. That way you learn how to.

Also keep a list of names, that way if you forget an image for a name, you can remind yourself of it.

'Douglas' happens to be a parfume store around here, so that is what I would go with, shining and smelling from tons of parfume. Another thing you could use for 'Douglas' is an hourglass, that is how simple it can be.

23 December, 2016 - 04:31
Joined: 6 months 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Mayarra. Very useful advice. I like the hourglass image - I hadn't thought abut it like that. I'll keep working at it.

9 February, 2017 - 16:22
Joined: 10 months 1 week ago

I'm soooo bad with names...
as much in real life then with this test... I guess it's more then time for me to get my name-list ready and get some practice as well!

I'm a fellow lvl 5 btw, ready to race for the higher levels? ;)

22 May, 2017 - 21:17
Joined: 3 months 2 weeks ago

Also a level five, and also looking to improve my speed. I am having trouble more with the spelling of the names once memorized, and finding a facial feature that stands out to me. I just see a face.

23 May, 2017 - 11:52
Joined: 1 year 11 months ago

Every time you do a trial on Memory League, make a note of the names you missed, and concentrate on building images for them. Quite often I use names of friends or relatives of mine, or celebrities, and sort of morph the face into one of those. For Michael, for instance, I usually imagine Michael Jackson moonwalking across the person's forehead. For Douglas, I use "dig", the same image I use for "Doug", someone digging with a shovel, and just make a quick mental note that it's the longer form of the name.

The nice thing about Names is you don't need memory palaces, so you can practice them over and over and over. Doing the most recent Purge they organized, I probably did Names a hundred times or more over several days time, and got my best score up to 28 out of 30.

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