Cornell Notes
• What are Cornell Notes??
• Who came up with Cornell notes?
• Why take Cornell notes instead of my own
style of notes?
• How do Cornell notes improve my retention
and study habits?
• How do I take Cornell notes?
Cornell Notes
What are Cornell notes??
• Cornell note-taking system is a widely used
note-taking system in which your notes are
organized in a systematic format.
Cornell Notes
Who came up with Cornell notes??
• In the 1950’s, Walter Pauk, an educator
professor at Cornell University, devised this
note-taking system.
• The notes were originally designed for college
students, but over the last decade, this
method of note-taking has been used in high
schools.
Cornell Notes
Why take Cornell notes instead of my own
style of notes?
•Cornell notes are a systematic way of
effectively organizing your notes without any
extra effort.
•It is a guide for students to become more
organized and to be able to better
understand their notes when they go back to
study.
Cornell Notes
How do Cornell notes improve my retention
and study habits?
•Cornell notes are designed to have the
student retain the information presented by
seeing it at least three times.
• First, you write your notes.
• Second, you go back, look at the main sections,
and create a unifying question that prompts you
to recall the information.
• Last, you write a summary at the end of the
page the sums up the key points on that page.
Cornell Notes
How do I take Cornell notes?
• First, you draw two lines on your paper to
divide it into sections.
• The first line is drawn down the left side with
about a 2 ½ inch margin.
• The second line is drawn about 2 inches from
the bottom.
Cornell Notes: How To
Put your name and date on the top of the
paper with the class subject in the middle.
First, draw a line on the left hand side.
Leave about a 2 ½ inch margin.
Next, draw a line about 2 inches from the
bottom.
When you are finished, your paper should
look like this:
Name
Date
Subject
Cornell Notes: How To
In the middle of the paper is where you
take your notes. This is done during class.
Skip lines between topics so you know
where one ends and the other begins.
On the left hand side, you put questions
and main ideas that prompt the main
points in each section. Do not answer the
questions!! Each section should be
separated by skipped lines. You do this
after class.
In the summary section, you put the main
ideas and key points of the lecture to
show you understand what is important.
This is done after class.
Name
Date
Subject
CUES:
NOTES SECTION:
Record the lecture here,
• questions
using:
• main
ideas
that
connect
points
• diagrams
• prompts
you to
help you
study
•
•
•
•
•
concise sentences
shorthand symbols
abbreviations
lists
skip spaces between topics
SUMMARY:
• top level, main ideas
• for a quick reference
Cornell Notes
• So let’s do an example using this
presentation and these notes as an
example.
• On your paper, your notes, cue section,
and summary section should look
something like this:
Cornell Notes: Example
Ms. Kovach
20 August 2010
What do we notice?
Physics: Cornell Notes
The NOTES (yellow) are abbreviated
and NOT word for word.
The CUE section (blue) has
questions to remind us of the
topics. The answers are NOT given –
you should look at the questions
when you study and form your own
answers.
The SUMMARY section (red) has the
main points and the answers to the
Cue section. It is very short.
Objectives:
• 5 main
points
What are Cornell Notes??
Who came up with Cornell notes?
Why take Cornell notes instead of my own style of notes?
How do Cornell notes improve my retention and study
habits?
• How do I take Cornell notes?
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What are
Cornell notes?
What are Cornell notes??
• widely used note-taking system in which your notes are
organized in a systematic format.
Who created
them?
Who came up with Cornell notes??
• 1950’s, Walter Pauk, at Cornell University
What is the
purpose?
Why take Cornell notes instead of my own style of notes?
• organize your notes without any extra effort.
• better understand notes when going back to study.
How will they
improve my
grade?
How do Cornell notes improve my retention and study
habits?
•seeing it at least three times.
• First, you write your notes.
• Second, create a unifying question
• Last, you write a summary
Cornell notes are a note-taking system developed by Walter Pauk in 1950.
They are used to better organize your notes and promote better
retention by seeing the notes at least three times.
Cornell Notes
• This is the format you are expected to
take your notes in.
• I will check for your cue sections and
summary sections. This will be a
homework grade.
• ANY QUESTIONS??
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Cornell Notes