Cornell Notes

Making good notes is one of the best ways to ensure that what you learn in lessons stays with you. If you are free to make your own notes, think carefully about how you will record the information you need without wasting time on unimportant details. There are many possible variations, such as mindmapping or shorthand, but you may find a particular format that works for you.

Cornell Notes

This layout is a way to produce notes and review materials all in one go, and there are several variants (see explanations at LifeHacker and Wikipedia). Brief notes are written in the main section during the lesson or lecture. As soon after as practical, add words – headings, questions or key concepts – to the ‘Cue’ column on the left. Then add questions or a summary paragraph below, as part of your review process. These prompts can then be used to test yourself when it is time to revise. Click on the image below for a pdf.

Cornell notes were originally intended for university lectures, not interactive lessons, but may still be useful. They are particularly well suited to making notes from videos or podcasts, or for researching new topics.


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