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Taking Cornell Notes as a Learning Strategy

Taking Cornell Notes as a Learning Strategy

Author: Rebecca Oberg

This learning packet will:

-Introduce the historical background of Cornell Notes
-Describe the purpose of Cornell Notes as a note-taking strategy
-Outline the format of Cornell Notes
-Describe how to use your Cornell Notes when studying after class
-Provide additional information about Cornell Notes

Cornell Notes is a method of note-taking in class that is used by students in the AVID program in my classroom, and I must admit that the students who use Cornell Notes on a regular basis are more academically successful than those who don't. These students are organized, engaged, and focused in class because they are confident in their method of note-taking. This method is easy and accessible for everyone, and can assist all learners inside and outside the classroom. This learning packet outlines in detail this method of note-taking, through an informative slide show presentation, several key video clips, and descriptive text. Try it out and watch your note-taking skills skyrocket. Good luck!

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Cornell Notes: Step by Step

This informative slide show presentation gives learners step by step instructions for creating their own Cornell Notes.

Source: See slide show presentation for citation.

Why Cornell Notes?

This teacher offers basic, accessible information about success with Cornell Notes, including how to properly format your notes sheet.

Source: YouTube

Cornell Notes: Summed Up


Organizing Your Cornell Notes Page

This brief video clip offers a graphic representation for how to properly set up a page of Cornell Notes. This is especially helpful for visual learners.

Source: YouTube

Cornell Notes: A Brief Description

The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes.

The student divides the paper into two columns: the note-taking column (usually on the right) is twice the size of the questions/key word column (on the left). The student should leave five to seven lines, or about two inches (5 cm), at the bottom of the page.

Notes from a lecture or teaching are written in the note-taking column; notes usually consist of the main ideas of the text or lecture, and long ideas are paraphrased. Long sentences are avoided; symbols or abbreviations are used instead. To assist with future reviews, relevant questions (which should be recorded as soon as possible so that the lecture and questions will be fresh in the student's mind) or key words are written in the key word column.

After the notes have been taken, the student writes a brief summary in the bottom five to seven lines of the page. This helps to increase understanding of the topic. When studying for either a test or quiz, the student has a concise but detailed and relevant record of previous classes.

When reviewing the material, the student can cover up the note-taking (right) column to answer the questions/keywords in the key word or cue (left) column. The student is encouraged to reflect on the material and review the notes regularly.

Still Confused? A Musical Take on Cornell Notes

This humorous yet helpful rap song takes the basics of Cornell Notes and transforms the ideas into a memorable, engaging song.

Source: YouTube (the star of this clip works for AVID, a leading educational organization using Cornell Notes)