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Helping Students to Remember

In this course, Chris Quigley introduces strategies and techniques aimed at helping students overcome the challenge of retaining academic content in their long-term memory. Participants will gain practical insights and effective tools to enhance student learning outcomes by exploring the fundamental principles of learning and memory. This course emphasises seven research-based strategies: Dual Coding, Graphic Organisers, Page Layout, Sketch Notes, Retrieval Practice, Metacognition, and Writing to Learn.

Created and Led by
Chris Quigley
Full Day
Target Audience
Head Teachers, Teachers, Deputy Heads, Senior Leaders

1: Introduction to Memory and Learning

  • Understanding the importance of long-term memory in the learning process.
  • Exploring the limitations of academic content retention.
  • The role of memory in academic achievement.
  • Overview of the seven strategies for improving memory and learning.

2: Dual Coding

  • Dual Coding Theory and its application in the classroom.
  • Integrating visual and verbal representations for effective learning.
  • Strategies for pairing words and visuals to enhance memory encoding.
  • Implementing dual coding techniques across various subjects and year groups.

3: Graphic Organisers

  • The power of graphic organisers in organising and connecting information.
  • Using concept maps, mind maps, and flowcharts to support comprehension and memory.
  • Creating graphic organisers for different subjects and learning objectives.


4: Page Layout

  • Understanding the impact of page layout on information retention.
  • Optimising presentations and other learning materials for memory enhancement.
  • Strategies for creating visually appealing and memory-friendly page layouts.
  • Incorporating effective formatting techniques to highlight key concepts and relationships.


5: Sketch Notes

  • Introduction to sketch notes as a visual note-taking method.
  • Using visuals, icons, and symbols to represent information.
  • Enhancing comprehension and memory through active engagement with sketch notes.
  • Practical tips and techniques for implementing sketch notes in the classroom.

6: Retrieval Practice

  • The benefits of retrieval practice for long-term memory formation.
  • Implementing frequent and varied retrieval activities.
  • Creating quizzes, flashcards, and other retrieval tools.
  • Encouraging self-testing for memory consolidation.

7: Metacognition and Self-Regulation

  • Exploring definitions of metacognition and self-regulation.
  • Understanding the role of metacognition in memory and learning.
  • Developing students' metacognitive strategies for effective learning.
  • Teaching students to monitor their thinking and evaluate their learning strategies.
  • Using metacognitive strategies to enhance memory consolidation and retrieval.


8: Writing to Learn

  • Exploring the connection between writing and memory consolidation.
  • Using writing activities to deepen understanding and retention of academic content.
  • Integrating writing prompts, summaries, and reflections into lesson plans.
  • Providing effective feedback to support students' writing and learning process.

9: Putting It All Together

  • Reflecting on the seven strategies and their potential synergies.
  • Designing integrated lessons incorporating multiple memory-enhancing techniques.
  • Creating a supportive classroom environment for memory-focused learning.
  • Developing a personalised action plan for implementing the strategies in participants' teaching practice.



By the end of this course, Chris will equip participants with diverse evidence-based strategies and practical tools to help their students overcome the challenge of retaining academic content. With these strategies, teachers can foster a more engaging and effective learning environment that supports long-term memory formation and enhances students' overall learning outcomes.

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