Why should I use the Cornell Method?
- It encourages you to organize your class notes.
- It gives you a polished set of notes to study from.
- This method gets the information into both short- and long-term memory.
- It saves time when studying for periodic, mid-term, or final examinations.
How do I set up my notebook page using this method?
- Use a loose-leaf notebook and paper.
- Draw a line down the paper 1/3 from the left. Label this RECALL COLUMN.
- Always title and date each entry.
How do I take notes during a lecture using the Cornell Method?
- Record all your notes in the large section to the right of the recall column.
- Take notes in the simplest form possible, using keywords and abbreviations.
- Try to grasp as many main ideas and important details as possible.
- Skip lines to indicate the end of one main idea and the beginning of another.
What should I do after my class is over?
- As soon as possible, read through your notes and fill in any blanks. Highlight the main ideas.
- Next, fill in your recall column by jotting down keywords, phrases, or questions that stand as cues for main ideas and facts on the right.
- Now you can summarize these notes in a couple of sentences. Restate the information in your own words.
- You can review your notes daily and quiz yourself by folding the notes so only the recall column is showing.