Take notes, some of the best ways to teach note taking!

Here's some advice about how to capture the most important information while note-taking.

How can the Cornell note-taking method help you to understand the listening material better?

  • Tips on using the Cornell note-taking method

Context and reasons to adopt

Students at university are expected to learn and then demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of information

  • Students have to remember a lot of information

  • They also have to be able to recall that information

1. Short term: when they’re studying information after they learn it or,

2. Long term: a long time after they learn it such as right before exams later in a semester


  • Using the Cornell Method of notetaking organizes ideas in a logical manner

  • It can be used when reading information or listening to information

  • It encourages the notetaker to be critical and engage with the information more than just listing information because students are organizing ideas into groups and (in the key words or headings and notes), paraphrasing (in the notes), and then critically thinking and evaluating information (in the summary).

  • The more critical and involved a learning activity is

  • In brief, students practice using skills such as:

1. Listening / reading

2. Organizing ideas (headings / notes)

3. Paraphrasing (notes)

4. Critical thinking (headings / notes)

5. Evaluation (summary)

  • Possible downside: The Cornell Method may not be the most appropriate method to show relationships between ideas. For this, a mind map may be better.

How to do it

a. Divide the paper into sections

b. Mark or make space for 4 areas that include:

i. the title (top),

ii. headings (left side),

iii. notes (right side), and

iv. summary (bottom).

c. Listen to or read something effectively.

Using the Cornell Method notes

a. After a student takes notes using the Cornell Method, they can easily refer back to the information

b. They can clearly find information under headings they wrote

c. They can see paraphrases of ideas

d. They can read the summary they wrote for a concise review of the notes to save time

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