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What are Cornell Notes?

The Cornell Method means that you divide your piece of paper in 3 boxes. In the upper right you write the name of the class, the date and the name of the teacher. This gives you a good overview and you know where to go to when you have any questions.

The big box on the right is where you take your notes. You take notes as usual, you write down what you have to write down and you make a pretty big, complete story. Everything you need to know is on there and more. In this box you also make drawnings and write down examples and cases. This box contains a lot of text and when you write it down you know you won’t remember all of it.

The small box on the left contains the key points of what you have written down. And nothing more. Only the essentials, you can review the notes on the right when you don’t understand something good enough.

The box below is to write a little summary in, that’s all!

How to make Notes with Cornell Notes Method

  1. When you enter class, get your notebook and draw lines to divide the boxes (or get pre-divided notebooks). Write down the name of the class, date and name of the teacher (and maybe his email address?) in the top right.
  2. Start taking notes. Write down almost everything the teachers says in the big box at the right and do it fast. Use abbreviations and doodles to write faster. When you are in doubt whether or not you need to know this, just write it down.
  3. Go to the library after class and review your notes. Get the key points, the essentials, out of what you’ve done. Write them in the left box, where you keep the key points. Don’t write too much, you don’t need to explain points again, just cite to the right box. Make use of arrows.
  4. Write a little summary afterwards. This is what you can review right before a test.
  5. When you are on the point with your studying for a test that you need to review your notes, review the key-points (+ summary) only. Don’t bother the big story at the right anymore, only review the key points. When you don’t understand something, or it is not completely clear, take a look at the box on the right. See the examples there and understand what you meant when you wrote the key points down.

The Cornell Method will make you understand your own notes better and saves you time. Besides that, you will also remember the lectures better, because you have reviewed them right away. The key-points will be floating around after the lecture, so you will remember those better.

Pre-divided Notebooks

Of course, you can divide your notebook yourself using a ruler and a pencil, but why don’t get pre-divided notebooks? Only $7,91 at Amazon!

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Start now, start dividing your notebook in 3 boxes, or just buy a Cornell-Method Notebook (pre-divided, awesomeness). Put it into practise and be a winner.

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