In an earlier post I wrote about the importance of taking class notes and listed Ten Tips for Note-Taking.
In that post I mentioned that there are several different ways to take notes, but I did not discuss any specific methods.
Now let me to show you Cornell Notes, a note-taking method that has been successful for me and many of my students.
As you might imagine, Cornell Notes were developed at Cornell University. The method was devised after World War II as an aid to the many soldiers attending college after being out of school for a number of years. Today, some 65 years later, it is taught at every major university attesting to its success.
The Cornell Method gives you an organized and systematic method for writing and reviewing notes. The format makes it easy to pull out major concepts and ideas. It is a “Do-it-right-in-the-first-place” system that is simple and efficient.
CORNELL NOTE-TAKING METHOD
For many years I have taught Cornell Note-Taking to my students. I have found that the Cornell Method is easy to learn and very effective. Many of my students have adopted it for all their classes.
Cornell Notes uses a special format designed to condense and organize notes without a lot of recopying. Your paper is divided into three parts: a 2″ column on the left side; a main note space; and a summary space at the bottom of the page. You can buy notebooks in the Cornell Notes style at Staples Office Supply under the brand name Focus Notes.
After you write your notes in the main space, you can use the left-hand column to label each idea and detail with a key word or “cue.” After class, use the space at the bottom of each page to summarize the notes on that page.
During class, take down information in the main area. When your teacher moves to a new point, skip a few lines. After class, complete phrases and sentences as much as possible.
In the left column write a cue (or question) for each important piece of information. You can review by covering your notes with a card and leaving the cues exposed. Say the cue out loud, then say as much as you can of the material underneath the card. When you have said as much as you can, move the card and see if what you said matches what is written. If you can say it, you know it.
Try it, I am sure you will like it. Good Luck!
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