Cornell Notes

This wednesday i'll start going to college so i thought that i should improve my study methods (i'm really desorganized and lazy =( ). Surfing the internet i came across with the Cornell note taking system, and i found that it could be helpful so i decided to share the knowledge of this system to everyone that never heard of it.

A little wiki intro: 
The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes. It was devised in the 1950s by Walter Pauk, an education professor at Cornell University. Pauk advocated its use in his best-selling 'How to Study in College'.

Divide and Conquer!

  • Note Taking Area: Record the lecture as fully and as meaningfully as possible here using brief and concise telegraphic sentences. Try to abbreviate common-long words to save time.
  • Cue Column: You should write here after the reading. Here goes all the main ideas, questions that actually makes you think (try to predict the exam items), important relationships between pieces of information and reminders. The main idea of this column is to write down info that help connect ideas listed in the notes section. When you're studying, you will look at these cues to help you recall the salient facts in your notes, so keep that in mind when you create your cues.
  • Summaries: Write a summary of the main ideas using your own words. 


Cornell Method PDF Generator:
Very useful tool to create your own 'custom' Cornell Page.

34 comentarios:

  Reply To This Comment HOODPHENOMENOM

August 15, 2011 at 8:52 AM

This method is great !

  Reply To This Comment Anonymous

August 15, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Wow nice, thank you!

  Reply To This Comment Scienide

August 15, 2011 at 9:22 AM

OK, Im going to uni this fall (september) and i think this might come in handy, great stuff!

  Reply To This Comment PvtCarlin

August 15, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Nice! This will come in handy in my economics class.

  Reply To This Comment GMSoccerPicks

August 15, 2011 at 9:29 AM

One thing is to learn about it and another one is to actually apply it when taking notes. It looks good on paper, dont know if i would be able to stick to it.

  Reply To This Comment living daily

August 15, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Yeah great method, will surely try it out! Thanks

  Reply To This Comment Anonymous

August 15, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Thank you for teaching me this; I am going to need it son. :D

  Reply To This Comment HeadAche01

August 15, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Thank you very much for that, will surely use it I think, since most of the notes I take are quite unorganised and for some1 else then me totally uncomprehensive, luckily I can still use em :D

  Reply To This Comment Sub-Radar-Mike

August 15, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Good luck! Glad you're getting prepared before you get there, keep at it and you'll do fine.

  Reply To This Comment Dragmire

August 15, 2011 at 12:51 PM

This is a good idea! I think I will start using this method for taking notes now.

  Reply To This Comment Life is Great

August 15, 2011 at 12:58 PM

knowledge is power definitely using this.

  Reply To This Comment Another Dev Guy

August 15, 2011 at 3:01 PM

That's some good advice!

  Reply To This Comment To Tipota

August 15, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I always use a Cue Column on my lecture notes with comment about why stuff from the note-taking area was mentioned or where i'll find them on the courses' book. Loving your blog, followed.

  Reply To This Comment Vague Raconteur

August 15, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Methinks I'll be using this :P Thank you! Going to sixth form in a fortnight, unsure of how to take the notes :(

  Reply To This Comment MUFCfollowers

August 15, 2011 at 3:47 PM

I wish I'd had a resource as good as the web when in school. This is just the type of help I needed at the time. Oh welll, cest la vie!

  Reply To This Comment Talerfuchs

August 16, 2011 at 6:55 AM

Easy to use. Thanks for your pdf generator links.

  Reply To This Comment Anonymous

August 16, 2011 at 7:31 AM

this would have come in handy when I was in college.

  Reply To This Comment Comic Book Club

August 16, 2011 at 4:17 PM

good stuff dude

  Reply To This Comment jope

August 16, 2011 at 4:31 PM

nice, thanks for sharing!

  Reply To This Comment Captain Random

August 16, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Let us know how it goes.

  Reply To This Comment DWei

August 16, 2011 at 8:35 PM

This is really helpful actually.

  Reply To This Comment wirelesswin

August 16, 2011 at 9:35 PM

cool :) thank you!

  Reply To This Comment Glassroof

August 17, 2011 at 7:14 AM

If only i came across this when i were in college. Now dreading the results tomorrow :( good luck with this. (Y)

  Reply To This Comment pv

August 17, 2011 at 7:15 AM

haha i just write down notes n which ever way and make a mess out of it

  Reply To This Comment tgquagmire

August 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM

where were you 30 years ago when i needed this! my note taking is god awful, this is actually well thought out and alot better than my normal taking idea

  Reply To This Comment Lars

August 17, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Voice recorder and some sleeping pills. God did I love college

  Reply To This Comment CrazyTurkishBoy

August 17, 2011 at 7:33 PM

i remember using this in high school haha. thanks bro,

  Reply To This Comment This Guy

August 18, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Method old as time and still works to this day!

  Reply To This Comment thomau5

August 19, 2011 at 11:55 AM

looks pretty efficient
i might give it a try

  Reply To This Comment MentesenlaRed

August 19, 2011 at 12:06 PM

great advice, thanks.

  Reply To This Comment Randall A.

August 20, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Wow, actually pretty useful!

  Reply To This Comment Allebanna

August 25, 2011 at 3:52 PM

i use this! works wonders!

  Reply To This Comment Theflyingblogger

August 29, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Wow, I'm going to be a junior this year, (in highschool) and I'm deffinitly going to use this. Thanks!

  Reply To This Comment Kyle

August 30, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I can actually say I may honestly start using this. I have terrible study habits, but I think using a specific format like this could help them improve. Thanks for sharing!