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CORNELL NOTE TAKING SYSTEM - Edl · PDF file•Cornell note taking stimulates critical thinking skills. •Note taking helps students remember what is said in class. •A good set

Feb 08, 2018




  • Cornell note taking stimulates

    critical thinking skills.

    Note taking helps students

    remember what is said in class.

    A good set of notes can help

    students work on assignments

    and prepare for tests outside of

    the classroom.

  • Good notes allow students to help

    each other problem solve.

    Good Notes help students organize

    and process data and information.

    Helps student recall by

    getting them to process

    their notes 3 times.

    Writing is a great tool for learning!

  • Developed in 1949 at Cornell

    University by Walter Pauk.

    Designed in response to frustration

    over student test scores.

    Meant to be easily used

    as a test study guide.

    Adopted by most major law schools

    as the preferred note taking method.

  • Layout



    --2 Inches-- After the lecture,

    write questions in this column for each main point in the record column.

    Record Column

    --6 Inches--

    Record patterns of main idea and

    support in your own words when possible.

    Use indentations

    to show the relationships between main ideas and



    --2 inches--

    After the questions,

    3 to 4 sentence summary across

    the bottom of the last page of the days notes

  • Sample





  • Record Column Write main ideas and supporting material in

    the right column

    Record notes in paragraphs, skipping lines to

    separate ideas.

    Titles & keywords= topics main ideas

    Transition words/phrases introduce details

    First, most, some, this is called, there are two types

    Use abbreviations to get the full idea.

    Leave spaces between ideas so you can

    fill in more later.

    see how ideas relate to one another

  • Develop a code system of note-marking to indicate questions, comments, important points for example,

    Use different colors distinguish between different parts of your notes.

    Mark unfamiliar vocabulary & unclear ideas in unique ways

    Highlight vocabulary.

    Circle ideas that are still unclear

    Make sure you can understand what you have written and if needed, make corrections.

    Use drawings, arrows or other organizers to help you see concepts and relationships between them

    Note taking Tips

  • Note taking Tips

    Use indentations to distinguish

    between major and minor points.

    Put most notes in your own words,


    formulas , definitions, and specific facts

    Use abbreviations and symbols

    wherever possible.

    Never use a sentence when you can use a phrase, or a phrase when you

    can use a word.

  • Speaker says: Hippocrates, a

    Greek who is considered to be the

    Father of modern medicine, was

    Born on the island of Cos in

    460 B.C.

    Notes say: Hippocrates (Gr.)

    Father of med. B. Cos 460BC

  • Question Column

    Write questions in the left column of your notes to quiz yourself on the material.

    Write questions in the question column on the

    same line as the item the question addresses

    in the record column

    Write a question for each new


    Main idea

    Significant detail

    Write questions for details on which

    you think your professor will quiz you.

  • Quiz

    Answer your questions in the left column.

    Cover the Record Column.

    Read your questions in the Question Column

    Using your own words, answer your questions out loud.

    Uncover your notes and check what you have said against the facts.

    This will help transfer ideas to your long-term memory!

  • Summary

    Keep it short!

    Write in your own words.

    Try to remember what your notes were

    about dont read your notes as youre

    writing your summary!

  • Review

    Review to improve your memory.

    If you spend 10 minutes every week or so in

    a quick review of your notes,

    you will retain most of what you have studied

    you wont have to cram during an all-nighter

    you will relate the facts and ideas to

    present lectures or readings.

  • Anthropods

    Paul sends

    his examples

  • Paul sends

    his examples

  • Paul sends

    his examples

  • May reflect headings in

    PowerPoint lectures

    Leave room on the left

    for questions and


    Leave plenty of room

    within the outline for

    student note-taking

  • (Diagram copied

    during lecture) (Questions

    about it ) How do the

    ticks find the


    Why dont the

    ticks usually

    kill their host?

    How could


    infestations in

    cattle impact


  • Example Here is the text.

    In the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, there are four main characters including one that may not really

    exist. The first and most important character is

    Ichabod Crane. He is an ambitious schoolteacher,

    who hopes to marry the second character, Katrina

    Van Tassel. Katrina is the handsome daughter of a

    wealthy farmer. The third character is Brom Bones.

    He is Ichabods rival for Katrinia, and he is also well

    known for his practical jokes. The fourth and final

    character is the frightening, ghostly figure of the

    Headless Horseman, who terrifies Ichabod into

    running away. But Irving strongly hints that this might

    simply be another of the characters in disguise.

  • Here are the notes:

    1st character?



    2nd character?


    3rd character?

    Interested in?

    Likes what?

    4th character

    Real or not?

    Scares who?

    Might be who?

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 4 Main Characters

    1. Ichabod Crane

    Most important

    School teacher

    Wants to marry Katrina

    2. Katrina Van Tassel

    Beautiful daughter of wealthy farmer

    3. Brom Bones

    Also wants to marry Katrina

    Well known for practical jokes

    4. Headless Horseman

    Scary ghost

    Scares Ichabod away

    Might be another character [Brom?] in disguise

  • Summary:

    Sleepy Hollow has 4 important characters to the story.

    Ichabod Crane, a teacher, who wants to marry Katrina

    Van Tassel, a daughter of a wealthy farmer. Another

    character, Brom Bones, also wants to marry Katrina and

    is Ichabod rival. The fourth character is the Headless

    Horseman, who frightens Ichabod into running away,

    may secretly be another one of the characters.

  • Your questions should reflect:

    Info you dont understand or

    want to discuss with your


    Info you think would go good

    on an essay test.

  • Write summaries of the most important

    material in the summary/reflection


    Write a quiz for others using notes;

    exchange and correct

    Write anticipated test questions

    beyond those already in the

    left-hand column and write



  • Cover the right side of your notes;

    review and answer study questions

    from the left using the right side as an

    answer key

    Quiz yourself out loud

    Cover the right side with blank

    paper; write out answers to

    the left column study


    Make use of the format

  • Look over notes frequently to

    keep information and questions

    still unanswered fresh in mind

    Recite information from notes


  • Exchange notes with others to flesh

    out information and understanding

    Use notes in study groups to provide a

    common ground of material for

    reference and review

    Rewrite notes if necessary

    Study in a Group

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