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The Teaching Space Podcast

The podcast is on pause for a year (as of August 2021) as I am tackling the final year of my masters in education (which I am doing alongside my full-time job). In the meantime, please revisit the considerable back catalogue of episodes. Also, give me a follow on Twitter, where I am still very active and sign up for my personal newsletter here. You can visit The Teaching Space website here:

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Mar 20, 2021



  • In my teaching practice I am always aware of the need for my learners to regularly engage with material I am teaching them to embed it in their long-term memory. It’s also important they practice retrieval in order to remember (00:40).
  • Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve in under 2 minutes (01:17).
  • Something I have realised while studying my master’s in education is that I don’t pay enough attention to this with my own learning - particularly with what I read. So I did some research and tried a few techniques to help me remember what I read. I will share my approach in this episode (01:55).

Materials in Focus

  • This episode focuses non-fiction rather than fiction, and ‘real books’ rather than audiobooks (03:10).
  • 12 non-fiction book target for 2021 (04:32 ).

How I Remember What I Read

  • Highlighting is great but not enough - highlights must be revisited (05:57).
  • Add annotations to highlights - what does this highlight mean, why did you highlight it and how is the idea interesting or useful to you? (08:04).
  • Send highlights to Readwise and use spaced repetition via email (09:55).
  • Use a tool like Notion to manage your notes, annotations and highlights. For example I have: (10:27)
    • A reading database (each entry includes author details, progress etc and for academic reading the original PDF, annotated PDF and bibliographic details).
    • A Readwise database (linked to my notes and reading databases).
    • A notes database.
  • Write a book summary (11:25).
  • Consider a three sentence summary in the style of James Clear (11:57).
  • Summary (12:58).

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