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Indigenous memory methods (Secondary) 2022022F is a Course

Indigenous memory methods (Secondary) 2022022F

Aug 23, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022

$670 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Wednesday 24 August, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Delivery mode

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you are a secondary teacher whose students need creative yet practical ways to help memorise all that you have taught.


Dr Lynne Kelly's techniques will be included in the VCE Psychology units 1-4 Study Design from 2023. Having reliably memorised the basic information of a topic, students are far better able to layer higher-level thinking skills. 

This one-day program will teach you some of the extraordinary memory techniques that have been used throughout millennia and around the world by Indigenous cultures who were dependent on their memories for everything they knew. With an emphasis on Australian Aboriginal intellectual achievements, you will also venture into early literate cultures to learn how to make written notes more memorable. These methods are hardwired into our brains, which explains why they are so effective for even the most abstract of information. 

You will learn how Aboriginal songlines, like memory palaces, use the brain’s natural ability to associate information with physical locations, while art, music, characters and decorated objects are invaluable memory aids.

This workshop is based on Dr Lynne Kelly’s PhD research and three subsequent books on memory techniques

 This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):

  •  Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes                                                                 

 Key takeaways               

  • memory techniques we can learn from Indigenous cultures
  • understanding of how music and dance can be used to make information memorable
  • appreciation of the value of adding characters and narrative in learning
  • knowledge of how to use buildings and grounds as memory palaces
  • techniques for making memory boards and using them in class
  • memory techniques that aid teachers as well as students.


Presenter information

Dr Lynne Kelly AM  

Dr Lynne Kelly has over 40 years’ experience in education. Teaching mostly in secondary schools, she has also offered programs at primary and tertiary levels. The author of 18 books, mostly for education, Lynne has lectured in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom on topics including enrichment programs and memory. With degrees in engineering, information technology and education, she completed a doctorate researching Indigenous memory methods and their application for archaeology and contemporary life. Lynne’s thesis was published by Cambridge University Press. Her subsequent books, The Memory Code and Memory Craft have been published in Australia and internationally.