REWIND: Dr Adam Putnam on Mnemonics & Getting Things Done

In this episode, we’re delighted to welcome Dr Adam Putnam, who is an assistant professor at Furman University, to share his fascinating insights about:

- Mnemonic techniques: widely misunderstood but can be powerful tools
- Retrieval practice, and how to implement it effectively
- A psychologist’s perspective on the art of focus and productivity.


Links and resources mentioned in this episode include:

(These show notes also available at:

Adam recommended a couple of great books in this episode if you're interested in the art of working more productively, or learning more about mnemonic techniques:

You can find Adam online at

For more information about first-letter mnemonics (acronyms):

For a quick guide to the pegword method:

For the committed mnemonicist (yes, I'm pretty sure I made that word up) wanting to learn the major system, Wikipedia has a pretty decent overview to get you started.

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