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2 Question/Key Word Column
Layout Question/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 read Record Column --6 Inches-- Record patterns of main idea and support in your own words when possible. Use indentations to show the relationships between main ideas and support. Summary: 1-2 sentances

3 Record Column Write main ideas and supporting material in the right column – Use signals from the lecture/text Titles & keywords= topics  main ideas “Transition” words/phrases introduce patterns of support and/or details First, most, some, this is called, there are two types Use abbreviations to get the full idea. Leave spaces between ideas so you can fill 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 column Write a question for each new Topic Main idea Significant detail Write 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 Column Using 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 studied you 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 Crane Most important School teacher Wants to marry Katrina Katrina Van Tassel Beautiful daughter of wealthy farmer Brom Bones Also wants to marry Katrina Well known for practical jokes Headless Horseman Scary ghost Scares Ichabod away Might be another character [Brom?] in disguise 1st character? Job? Interest? 2nd character? Description? 3rd character? Interested in? Likes what? 4th character Real or not? Scares who? Might be who?

9 Taking Notes note First, 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;las Jalksdjf;lasdkfjoweruipoqwierjlakvna;ldkfj;asdlfiuqpoeiwruqpowerui keyword

10 Writing a Summary When 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;las Jalksdjf;lasdkfjoweruipoqwierjlakvna;ldkfj;asdlfiuqpoeiwruqpowerui Jalksdjf;lasdkfjoweruipoqwierjlakvna;ldkfj;asdlfiuq summary

11 Hints & Tips Try 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 home You wont’ loose your entire term of notes Notes 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 and minor points. Put most notes in your own words, except formulas , definitions, and specific facts Use 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 ways Highlight vocabulary in pink. Circle ideas that are still unclear Make 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 explanation Site that will generate pdfs with Cornell note system layout Site that will create printable Cornell note taking pages with your name, class & date on them Explanation of the system with more links to pdf generators and one for an MS Word Cornell notes template

16 The End!


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