
Cornell Notetaking

Teacher Lesson Plan
This activity is aligned to NCTM Standards  Grades 68: Communication
Cornell Notetaking 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 Notetaking Method. Provide the students these simple directions:
 Fold a sheet of notebook paper horizontally in a 1:2 ratio.
 On the left of the horizontal fold (or line if they wish to darken it in) mathematics
students work out their calculations.
 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:
 On the left of the horizontal fold or line, write the key words (vocabulary) of the given information. Also write any questions.
 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 notetaking skills:
 How to make a graph/chart using Claris Works.
 The steps to take in collecting accurate data for a survey.
 How to find percentages.
 How to convert fractions to decimals to percentages and vice versa.
Links to Other Sites
The following sites have more general information on Cornell Notetaking:
Cornell Method of Taking Notes
Dartmouth (see bottom link on page)
Cornell NoteTaking Format
Bucks County Community College
Note Taking: The Cornell System
Virginia Tech
