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The Cornell Note Taking Method

The Cornell Note Taking Method is easy to use and will require only a few minor adjustments to your current note taking style. Once you’ve recorded your notes using the Cornell format, you’ll have a built-in study tool that you can use to review and to quiz yourself on the information contained in your notes.

To implement the Cornell Method,

  • Divide your notebook paper into three sections using this template as a guide.
  • Write your notes in the 6" section during class.
  • Fill in omissions and revise your notes immediately after class.
  • Write corresponding “cues” or questions in the 2.5” margin on the left side of the page.
  • Use your own words to write a brief summary for each page in the 2” margin at the bottom. Writing the summary will help to reinforce the information you learned during that class meeting.
  • Cover the 6” section and quiz yourself using the cues and questions in the left margin.



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