Spend some time at the beginning of the course to get to know your students names, interests, and backgrounds. If you have a smaller class, ask your students to share their name, their major, and why they are taking your class. This will allow you as an instructor to find out what your students motives are, and also allows you to make connections with names, interests, and backgrounds. This is more information for your to remember, but there may be something they say that helps you better remember who they are.
“My name is Bill, and I am an English major. I am taking this course to meet my a science GLER requirement. I’m worried about his because I don’t do well in science. I am originally from Timbuktu and have been at the UofL for two years now. “
It may be easier to remember Bill’s name because now you can remember Bill for many reasons. He is from Timbuktu, and he is an English major in your science course.