Do you have trouble making sense of your notes when you are studying? If so, try the Cornell System of note taking to help make notes more clear and to help you remember facts.
You can either buy Cornell style note paper at the bookstore or you can make your own. To make your own, measure 3 inches from the page’s left side and use a straight edge to draw a vertical line down the page.
Always label each page of notes with the course, date, and topic at the top of the page. This will help you identify your notes later on. Write your notes in the “Record Column” during class and fill in the “Recall Column” within 24 hours after class.
|Recall Column: Key Points||Record Column (Summary)|
|Record during class||
|Identify and write key ideas||
|Recite from the Recall Column||
To study notes, cover the Record Column.
|Reflect on possible text questions||
Think — make sense out of the notes. Mark unclear concepts.
|Review to improve memory||Review weekly to retain what you learned. Related present material to earlier material.|