Cornell Note-taking

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This activity is aligned to NCTM Standards - Grades 6-8: Communication
and to California Mathematics Standards Grade 7: Mathematical Reasoning #1.1

Cornell Note-taking Form

Taking good notes is a skill that can help students in their academic studies. One method that has been found effective is the Cornell Note-taking Method. Provide the students these simple directions:
  1. Fold a sheet of notebook paper horizontally in a 1:2 ratio.

  2. On the left of the horizontal fold (or line if they wish to darken it in) mathematics students work out their calculations.
  3. On the right of the horizontal fold or line students record their thinking. They explain their process.
There may be times when students are listening to or reading information rather than problem solving. In these cases:
  1. On the left of the horizontal fold or line, write the key words (vocabulary) of the given information. Also write any questions.
  2. On the right of the horizontal fold or line, write the key points of the given information.

Sample Topics

Sample topics that could be used for students to practice their note-taking skills:
  1. How to make a graph/chart using Claris Works.
  2. The steps to take in collecting accurate data for a survey.
  3. How to find percentages.
  4. How to convert fractions to decimals to percentages and vice versa.

Links to Other Sites

The following sites have more general information on Cornell Note-taking:

Example - Cornell Note-Taking Format
  Bucks County Community College

Taking Lecture and Class Notes
  Dartmouth College


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