Cornell Notes

Cornell Note Taking


Cornell Note Taking is a strategy used to better remember what was taught in class. Research shows that Cornell note taking can be beneficial in classes where students are required to synthesize and apply learned knowledge.


There are 6 steps in Cornell Note Taking


1. Divide the paper up into 3 sections


2. Document
Write the course name date and topic on the top of each page.


3. Write Notes 
– Take your notes in the larger box on the right side of
the paper.
– Don’t use full sentences. Use abbreviated words whenever


4. Review your notes within 24 hours.
Identify – main ideas – key points – dates – people
and write these down in the left column.


5. Summarize 
Write a summary of the main ideas in the box at the bottom of the page


6. Study Your Notes
Re-Read your notes in the right column
Spend most of your time studying the ideas in the left column and the summary at the bottom.
These are the most important ideas and will probably include the most information that you will
be tested on.


Cornell note step 4