2 Question/Key Word Column LayoutQuestion/Key Word Column--2 Inches--After the lecture/text,write questions in this column for each main point in the record column.Write key words that will help you remember what you readRecord Column--6 Inches--Record patterns of main idea and supportin your own words when possible.Use indentationsto show the relationships between main ideas andsupport.Summary: 1-2 sentances
3 Record ColumnWrite main ideas and supporting material in the right column– Use signals from the lecture/textTitles & keywords= topics main ideas“Transition” words/phrases introduce patterns of support and/or detailsFirst, most, some, this is called, there are two typesUse abbreviations to get the full idea.Leave spaces between ideas so you canfill in more later.see how ideas relate to one another
4 Question/Keyword Column Write questions/key words in the left column of your notes to quiz yourself on or to help you remember the material.Write questions or keywords in the question column on the same line as the item the question addresses in the record columnWrite a question for each newTopicMain ideaSignificant detailWrite questions for details on which you think your professor will quiz you.
5 Quiz Answer your questions in the left column. Cover the Record Column.Read your questions in the Question ColumnUsing 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!
6 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 studiedyou won’t have to cram during an “all-nighter”you will relate the facts and ideas to present lectures or readings.
7 Example Here is the text. In the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” there are four main characters – including one that may mat 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 Ichabod’s 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.
8 Here are the notes: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – 4 Main Characters Ichabod CraneMost importantSchool teacherWants to marry KatrinaKatrina Van TasselBeautiful daughter of wealthy farmerBrom BonesAlso wants to marry KatrinaWell known for practical jokesHeadless HorsemanScary ghostScares Ichabod awayMight be another character [Brom?] in disguise1st character?Job?Interest?2nd character?Description?3rd character?Interested in?Likes what?4th characterReal or not?Scares who?Might be who?
9 Taking NotesnoteFirst, read a section of the text and write down important things to know such as dates, events, or people.Then, write a note about what you read and then write a keyword, something that would remind you of what you read.Jalksdjf;lasJalksdjf;lasdkfjoweruipoqwierjlakvna;ldkfj;asdlfiuqpoeiwruqpoweruikeyword
10 Writing a SummaryWhen you have finished taking all of your notes, write a summary of the notes in the bottom section of the page.The summary does not have to be too long, maybe just one or two sentences.Jalksdjf;lasJalksdjf;lasdkfjoweruipoqwierjlakvna;ldkfj;asdlfiuqpoeiwruqpoweruiJalksdjf;lasdkfjoweruipoqwierjlakvna;ldkfj;asdlfiuqsummary
11 Hints & TipsTry not to make a note out of everything you read. Only put what is relevant or important and put them into concise notes.Put names, dates, and places and describe them.Try to keep your keyword one word and as close as a summary for your note.
12 Notetaking Tips Keep a separate notebook or binder for each course. Take one notepad to classes and then put notes for each specific class into homeYou wont’ loose your entire term of notesNotes for each lecture should begin on a new page.Date and number all pages.Never use a sentence when you can use a phrase, or a phrase when you can use a word.
13 Notetaking Tips, Cont.Use indentations to distinguish between major andminor points.Put most notes in your own words, exceptformulas , definitions, and specific factsUse abbreviations and symbols wherever possible.If you completely don’t understand an idea,leave a blank space and ask your professor for help on it.
14 Notetaking Tips, Cont.Develop a code system of note-marking to indicate questions, comments, important points …for example,Mark unfamiliar vocabulary & unclear ideas in unique waysHighlight vocabulary in pink.Circle ideas that are still unclearMake 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
15 Cornell Note Resources Online Cornell University’s explanationSite that will generate pdfs with Cornell note system layoutSite that will create printable Cornell note taking pages with your name, class & date on themExplanation of the system with more links to pdf generators and one for an MS Word Cornell notes template