• Some of my favourite books, research and etc that have influenced my thinking

    Make It Stick

    Peter C. Brown, Henry Roedigger III & Mark McDaniel

    One of my favourite books. Makes the point that when people are tested on what they know they are more likely to be able to remember it long term. In short: if you want to remember what you've learnt then test yourself on it sporadically over time. Covers their own excellent research. Link

    Academically adrift

    Richard Arum & Josipa Roksa

    University mission statements everywhere place 'critical thinking skills' very highly in their list of learning objectives. However, Arum & Roksa's study points out that students barely improve these skills at all after 4 years of study. This research was damning of HE. and should have resulted in great reforms.  Link

    What's the use of lectures?

    Donald A. Bligh

    Donald Bligh probably knows more about lecturing than anyone else. This book covers a lot of lecturing effectiveness studies. How much do students hear? How much do they understand? What do they remember a week later? Lecturers don't know because they don't measure student learning gain data over time.  Link

    The University its Rise & Progress

    John Henry Newman

    What are universities and where do they come from? How have they changed over time? Argues that the cities of Athens and Alexandria (BC) were very similar to the universities of today. Link

    The Art of Memory

    Frances Yates

    A bizarre but brilliant book about the memory for spaces and things apparently invented by Simonides of Ceos (but probably not). It tells the story of the art of memory from the death of Simonides in 468BC up until the age of enlightenment. Incredible that Yates spent so long creating such an important book on the art of memory...but never felt the need to try the art herself. Wonderfully/awfully academic.​ Link

    Unlimited Memory

    Kevin Horsley

    An instructional 'how to' for the memory for places and things. Otherwise known as roman rooms/memory mansions/memory palaces, etc. If you read this with an open mind this book will make you see things differently. Link

    Large-scale comparison of science teaching methods sends clear message

    Carl Wieman

    Active learning works. It is much better. But it's not enough and lecturers don't receive the training required to ensure that they do it. Link

    Interacting Brain Systems Modulate Memory Consolidation

    We are more likely to remember that which emotionally stimulates us. Who knew. How emotionally stimulating is a lecturer who deosn't want to be lecturing? Link

    Science education in the 21st century: Using the Tools of Science to Teach Science

    Carl Wieman

    Thousands of lectures happen every day around the world. However, according to noble prize winning scientist ,Carl Wieman, students don't remember what happens in them. Why? I believe it's because lecturers have no idea what they're doing. No training, no data. Link

    Common sense concepts about motion

    Ibrahim Abou Hallouna & David Hestenes

    Physics students from Arizona State to Harvard barely improve their understanding of vital physics concepts after a whole semester of lectures on said concepts. Link

    Using the Pause Procedure to Enhance Lecture Recall

    Kathy Ruhl, Charles Hughes & Patrick Schloss

    Study demonstrating that by including three, two-minute pauses for every hour of lecture students' memory of lecture content increases by about two grade boundaries. Link

    The power of habit

    Charles Duhigg

    A wonderful book about the formation of habits and human behaviour. Not as research based as one would like but still of great value. Helped to form our Rezolute app concept. Students should learn habit design in school and university. Link

    The elements of eloquence

    Mark Forsyth

    From anaphora to alliteration and other far more obscure tools. Forsyth brilliantly explains rhetorical figure. “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” What rhetorical figure is being used here? Find out with Forsyth's fantastic book. Link

    How to deliver a Ted talk

    Jeremy Donovan​

    Much underappreciated instructional book for public speaking and especially Tedx. In my opinion far superior to other, similar titles. Helped me with my Tedx and very useful for coaching purposes too. Link

    Start with why

    Simon Sinek

    I first came across Simon Sinek as a university student. I consider his book to not only be a brilliant communication and leadership instructional but also somewhat of a philosophy for living. Simply...never do work that you don't believe in the greater purpose of. Also, I've found that he is completely right. People are far more likely to follow you if you tell them   your 'why' first. Link

    The war of art

    Steven Pressfield

    Not to be confused with 'The art of war'. This book is all about recognising that a big part of us all doesn't want to get anything done. There is a force called resistance that lives inside all of us. The book is about learning how to beat it. Link

    Become a Product Manager

    Great Udemy course on Product Management. Really enjoying this and learning a lot. Link