- Divide paper into three sections (2-inch column on left - for “cues”; 6.5 inch “main space” on right – to make notes; 2-inch column on bottom to summarize.)
- Keep notes during class in “main space”. Each time instructor moves to a new point, skip a few lines or turn to a new page.
- After class, complete phrases and sentences as much as possible then write questions, summary statements or other “cues” in left hand column.
- To review – cover “main section” with card; say “cue” out loud and then say as much you can; move card and see if it matches what you wrote. If you can say it, you know it!!
Template: Cornell Note Taking Method
~ 2 inches (width) ~ 6 inches (width)
Reduce (after class)
• key words, phrases or questions that serve as cues
• cue phrases and questions should be in your own words Record (during class)
• write down facts and ideas in phrases
• use abbreviations when possible
• skip a few lines when subject changes
• with classroom notes covered, read each key word or question
• recite the fact or idea that comes to mind by the key word or question Recall (as soon as possible after class)
• read through your notes
• fill in blanks and make "scribbles" more legible.
Review and Reflect
• review your notes periodically
• think about what you have learned
Recapitulation (after class)
• summarize each main idea on the page
~ 2 inches in height, full page width
• if you have difficulty summarizing, use your notes to ask your instructor for help filling in the gaps and finding the “take-home” message
When to use
- In ANY lecture situation
- Provides an organized and systematic means for recording and reviewing notes
- Easy format for pulling out major concepts and ideas
- Simple and efficient
- Saves time and effort