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Cornell Note-taking Form

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

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  2. On the left of the horizontal fold (or line if you wish to darken it in) work out your arithmetical calculations.
  3. On the right of the horizontal fold or line record your thinking. Explain your process.
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.

Sample Topics

Sample topics that could be used to practice 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:

Cornell Method of Taking Notes
  Dartmouth (see bottom link on page)

Cornell Note-Taking Format
  Bucks County Community College

Note Taking: The Cornell System
  Virginia Tech

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