Cornell Note Taking Method
Cornell notes are a proven method of not just taking notes, but STUDYING. Interactive Science Notebooks will be graded based on completeness, and the quality of your Cornell notes.
During the lecture, record, in the main column, as many meaningful facts and ideas as you can. Write legibly.
Re-read your notes as soon as possible after class. Selectively highlight key ideas.
After reviewing the notes, summarize the key facts and ideas concisely in the Left Column by creating headings. Create questions at various levels of difficulty to the left of the content which sparked your curiousity.
Did a little deeper into the topic. Go and find an additional source and revise your notes using an additional source. Cite your source at the top of the page using a different color ink.
Reflective summaries clarify meanings and relationships, reinforce continuity, and strengthen memory. In paragraph form, on your processing page, restate the key facts with some supporting details. Close by including metacognition in your summary. How close to mastery of the topic are you? What are your next steps for mastery? What connections did you make to the topic? What lingering questions do you still have about the topic?
Cover the Note Taking Area, using only your jottings in the Cue Column, say over the facts and ideas of the lecture as fully as you can, not mechanically, but in your own words. Quiz yourself using your questions. Then, verify what you have said by uncovering the right hand side of the notes page.
Devote some time each week to a quick review of your notes, and you will retain most of what you have learned.
Student examples of Cornell notes in Biology, demonstrating Review, Annotation, Revision, Reflection (RARR).