Cornell Note-taking

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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. Here are some 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 you wish to darken it in) mathematics work out your calculations.
  3. On the right of the horizontal fold or line record your thinking and explain your process of working through the problem. Even if you cannot find a solution to the problem, you can record what you were thinking as you tried.
There may be times when you 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.

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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