The Cornell Notetaking System Overview
Short, to the point, research-based instruction that can dramatically improve academic performance. This individual booklet teaches a single topic in an eight page format.
- Capture - The Lecturer's Facts and Ideas
- Don't give up. Some is better than none. Use the semi-printing style and telegraphic sentences.
- Read Over Your Notes in the Next Free Period
- Mentally visualize the lecture. Fill in the gaps. Make letters and words more legible. Write out any abbreviations.
- Write Questions - In the Question Column
- Find the first main idea. Then formulate a question that the main idea answers. Write a brief question in the Question Column.
- Recite - Your Notes Aloud
- Cover you notes exposing only the questions. Read the questions, provide an answer, check to see if correct. Recite until you get it right.
- Summarize - Each Sheet of Notes
- In the Summary Area, write an in-a-nutshell version of each sheet of notes.
- Globalize - By Integrating the Facts and Ideas
- An assemblage of unconnected facts and ideas is not enough. End up with a view of the whole.
- Reflect - Link Your Notes to Previous Knowledge
- Ask, how do these new facts and ideas fit into the mental model that I already have? What do these facts and ideas imply? What's beyond them? Questions like these will make you a creative person.
- Cornell Notetaking Checklist - Some Notetaking Actions to Avoid
- Some References for the Skeptical and the Curious
Walter Pauk, Ph.D.
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