Taking Notes - The Cornell System
The Cornell system for taking notes is designed to save time but yet be highly efficient. There is no rewriting or retyping of your notes
1. First Step - PREPARATION
Use a large, loose-leaf notebook. Use only one side of the paper. (you then can lay your notes out to see the direction of a lecture.) Draw a vertical line 2 1/2 inches from the left side of you paper. This is the recall column. Notes will be taken to the right of this margin. Later key words or phrases can be written in the recall column. Attend every class and take complete notes.
2. Second Step - DURING THE LECTURE
Record notes in paragraph form. Capture general ideas, not illustrative ideas. Skip lines to show end of ideas or thoughts. Using abbreviations will save time. Write legibly.
3. Third Step - AFTER THE LECTURE
Read through your notes and make it more legible if necessary. Now use the column. Jot down ideas or key words which give you the idea of the lecture. (REDUCE) You will have to reread the lecturer's ideas and reflect in your own words. Cover up the right-hand portion of your notes and recite the general ideas and concepts of the lecture. Overlap your notes showing only recall columns and you have your review.
General Note Taking Guidelines
- Review lecture notes within 24 hours of the lecture and always review material from the previous lecture before going to the next class.
- Make sure to indent when taking notes in order to visually record levels of importance and relationships.
- When taking notes, use abbreviations and symbols to reduce unnecessary writing.
- Mark areas in your notes that are confusing and get clarification for your questions in the next class.
- Category 1 - Scheduling & Studying
- Category 2 - Concentrating & Remembering
- Category 3 - Taking Notes
- Category 4 - Reading Effectively
- Category 5 - Preparing for Exams
- Category 6 - Writing Assignments