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Cornell Notes PD

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Jeremy Barbour

on 17 September 2013

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Don’t forget the heading:
Name, Class, Period, Date, Topic
A 3 to 4 sentence summary down there on the bottom of the last page of notes
etc. go here,
in the left
hand column.
we want
higher level
Notes go here, in the
large right hand column.
What goes where?
Cornell note taking stimulates
critical thinking

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.
Why take notes?
Don’t take notes =
Forget 60 % in 14 days

Take some notes =
Remember 60 %

Take organized notes and do something with them=

Remember 90-100% indefinitely!

That’s right! Taking organized notes could mean the difference in an “F” and an “A”. It’s that important!

Minimize the “rate of forgetting”
What happens without taking notes?
S - Set up paper

T - Take organized notes

A - Ask questions and apply thinking

R - Review/reflect notes
Use the STAR Method
Example on How to Shorten Text for Cornell Notes
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”
How do the ticks find the cattle?

Why don’t the ticks usually kill their host?

How could tick infestations in cattle impact humans?
(Questions about it )
(Diagram copied
during lecture)
Examples of Cornell Notes
May reflect headings in PowerPoint lectures

Leave room on the left for questions and diagrams

Leave plenty of room within the outline for student note-taking
for = 4

with = w

Without = w/o

between = b/w

*See hand out for more samples
Here are some short cuts students may use in note taking:
The Summary
Summary is added at the end of
note pages on the subject

Summary added
questions are finished

Summary should include what was learned, not just what was done or viewed in class

Students usually complete the summary for homework to help reflect on daily notes.
Notes are a record of your learning, so take them when:
You listen to a lecture
You read a text
You watch a film
You work in a group on an activity
You need to recall information about what happened to you in a class, meeting, or activity--which means
When should you
take notes?
Take Notes While Reading:
Include headings, key terms, & graphics

Take down only the important ideas: brief, but clear

Summarize in your own words

Use symbols to highlight for review

Use textbook review questions to develop study questions
Identify main ideas

Fill in details for better understanding

Identify unclear information and/or questions - collaborate for answers

Delete unnecessary information

Review note organization; add symbols or rewrite

Write a summary
Review Textbook Notes
Discussion Topics
Use discussion topics/questions organize your notes

Use symbols for important ideas

Include your own responses in notes

Develop questions to review later

Add references to other material as they come to mind
Studying with Notes
Make use of the format
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 questions
Studying with Notes
Write summaries of the most important material in the summary/reflection section

Write a quiz for others using notes; exchange and correct

Write anticipated test questions beyond those already in the left-hand column and write answers
Studying with Notes
Study in a Group
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
Studying with Notes
Look over notes frequently to keep information and questions still unanswered fresh in mind

Recite information from notes
Teach students how to set up paper.
Give hand outs in Cornell note style.
A good way to introduce CN is to provide questions before the lesson and let students fill in notes on the right side.
Offer notes on right side, and let students create questions.
Practice writing summaries in class so students reflect on what was learned.
How to use Cornell Notes in the classroom:
For most, taking CN is something you have to practice to fully understand. Here are suggestions to make it easier on you:

Take CN in meetings and learn to model for your students.

Create notes/lessons for students using CN format

Use student samples to teach proper CN style.

Periodically grade students on their notes.

Train other staff members CN.
Practice Makes Perfect!
Q: Can I use CN for math?
A: Absolutely! There is even CN graph paper. You can use CN for ANY subject you teach! Just modify as needed.

Q: Is there a Microsoft Word version of CN?
A: Yes! I will be glad to email to you. Email me and let me know if you want it. Check out the links for other samples as well.

Q: Will everyone buy into CN?
A: No. Taking CN will mean changing a known system and many students/teachers are reluctant to change what works for them.
Cornell Notes: FAQ
Students have a difficult time adjusting to CN. It takes time, practice and patience for all.

It’s difficult to get everyone to adopt CN school wide. Training helps!

Students do not like summarizing their notes, but that is probably the
important part because they link what they learned to how they internalized the information.
What are some challenges?
Look at Costa’s Levels of Learning “House” in your note packet.

When students are writing questions and their summary, they should try to use Level 2 or 3 words/questions.

For Questions and Summary, think Costa!
Now Let’s Practice
Compare notes with your partner.

Talk about what you wrote and why. Look for gaps & missed info.

Both partners should feel free to add to their notes.
With your partners, create questions in the left hand column.

These questions should elicit critical thinking skills.
Costa’s levels 1-3.
Summarize and Share
On your own, in the space provided at the bottom of the page, complete a 3 or 4 sentence summary of what you wrote in your notes

Share with your partners

Any more questions?
S.T.A.R. directions
Sample Cornell Note paper
Short cuts for note taking
Sample Cornell notes
Costa’s House
What’s in your packet?



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