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Cornell Notes For Students

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Christin Johnson

on 11 August 2015

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Transcript of Cornell Notes For Students

Highlight important information
Circle Vocab words
Cross out non-essential information
Star (*) any information that might show up on a test/quiz.

Cornell Notes are meant to be revisited and edited.

After you have summarized the information:
Why Take Cornell Notes?

Help students work on assignments and study for tests outside of class
Stimulate Critical Thinking skills
Organize and help process information
Aids in student recall
Make students revisit their notes
What does this chart tell us?

Cornell Note-Taking

Compare notes with a partner!

After the Lesson…

Let’s Look at the Components!

During Lecture
In This
Section Only

How are taking Cornell Notes different from how I have taken Notes in the past?

Smarty Pant Student

Subject/ Per.

Month, Day, Year

Learning to

Take Cornell Notes


Write a 3 to 4 sentence summary across the bottom of the last page. The summary contains an answer to the Essential Question.

What does this mean for our classroom learning style?

Note-taking is a cornerstone for being a successful student in high school and college.

Our mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college.
Why Take Cornell Notes?
Begin taking notes in the "notes" section of this page. Ignore all other sections for now.
There are three main components to a successful heading. Each is important for promoting organization within your notes.
Identifying Information
Essential Question
During a lecture, record their information on the RIGHT Side ONLY.
Ignore the Questions and summary section until the lecture is over.
When the teacher is done lecturing, write questions on the left.
Questions should be deep and thought-provoking. They should get you to consider the deeper meanings of what you've learned.
Try to formulate questions that might appear on tests.

This becomes a study guide when you fold the left column.
Summarizing notes makes you review and process what you've written.

This ensures note taking isn't a waste of your time.
If you missed information during the lecture, work with a friend in the class to:

Fill in Gaps
Correct information you copied wrong
Identify important information

Cornell Notes Steps in Review:
1. Create heading
2. Teacher provides Essential Question.
3. Students take notes on right hand side during lecture.
4. Students formulate questions that pertain to the material on the left side.
5. Summarize notes, making sure to answer Essential Question.
6. Annotate (mark up) notes
7. Review notes with peers
Time to practice!

Using the provided article, create your own Cornell Notes.

Follow these steps:

1. Create heading
2. Teacher provides Essential Question.
3. Take notes on right hand side during reading.
4. When finished reading, formulate questions that pertain to the material, creating questions that may be on a quiz.
5. Summarize your notes, making sure to develop an answer to the Essential Question.
6. Annotate your notes
7. Review notes with your elbow partner
A study compared two note taking methods and found that Cornell Note taking benefits synthesis and application of learned knowledge.

Devised in the 1950s by Walter Pauk, an education professor at Cornell University.
Pauk was frustrated by test scores. He wanted to improve information retention.
Informal uses of Cornell Notes
When reading articles:
1. Circle or highlight important info in text.
2. Write questions in margins.
3. Create an Essential Question the article answers.
4. Summarize what you've read. Your summary should answer the EQ.
Cornell Notes
During Lecture
In This
Section Only
Practice Asking Helpful Questions:

"Mary wore a red dress to school today."

Level 1 Question:
What color was her dress? Where did she wear it?

Level 2 Question:
Why did she choose red? What were her friend's reactions to the dress?

Level 3 Question:
What would have happend if she decided to wear pants instead? What is the cultural significance of a red dress?
Born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri, Samuel L. Clemens wrote under the pen name Mark Twain and went on to pen several novels, including two major classics of American literature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Level 1: Who, what, when, where
Level 2: Why, how, what is the effect
Level 3: What if, what is the significance, what does it mean that
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