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Cornell Notes: By Renee Perkins
Transcript of Cornell Notes: By Renee Perkins
Taking notes using the Cornell method is a great way to capture the most important information while reading texts or listening to a lecture.
The Cornell Method:
* Fold your notes so that the questions are on one side and
the main ideas and details are on the flip side.
Read the question. Try to answer the question without
looking at the notes section. Once you answer the question,
flip to the notes section to check your answer. If you answered completely, move to the next question. If you did not answer the question completely, mark the question so that you know you
need to spend more time on it.
* Repeat the steps above for each question.
* Short, fast, and frequent review of notes is better than
studying them for a long period of time.
Studying Your Cornell Notes:
Why take notes?
It helps you retain more of what you learn.
Cornell notes were originally developed by Walter Pauk at Cornell University in the 1950's in response to his students who were failing his classes.
By changing the way students were reequired to take notes in his class, Pauk was able to help his students bring their grades up much higher.
Cornell notes include:
A section for
and a summary.
Setting up your paper...
In the "notes" section, consider writing the following:
Tips for writing notes:
In the "questions" section, consider writing the
following within 24 hours of taking notes from a
text or lecture:
Boldfaced headings in textbooks
Main ideas from class lectures turned into questions
Vocabulary words turned into questions
New concepts turned into questions
Facts turned into questions
Answers to the questions written in the 'question' section
Vocabulary words and definitions
Main ideas and details from reading
Main ideas and details from lectures
Bolded or italicized information
Tables, diagrams, charts, illustrations, or pictures to clarify reading or lecture material
In the summary section, consider:
*Turning the essential question of your notes into a topic sentence for your summary
*Turning each main idea written in the notes section into complete sentences in the summary section
*Taking time to do this gives you one more opportunity to interact with your notes which will help you increase your retention of the content
Do this within 24 hours of taking notes!
Research indicates that unrehearsed information is forgotten in as little as 20 seconds and almost 1/2 of what is learned is forgotten within an hour!
While reading, take notes one section at a time
Look away from the text and take notes from memory
Use your own words
Use as few words as possible
Leave at least 3 blank lines in your notes between main ideas so that you can add details later if necessary
Use symbols, graphic organizers, and sketches