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Cornell Technique: How to Prepare Notes? Tips for Successful Self-Study

Title: Cornell Technique


Cornell Notes is an effective three-column configuration of taking notes which makes memorising and recalling information much easier. When revising, one can easily cover the right column and try to answer the questions on the left.

The technique weีšre referring to is called โ€œCornell Note Takingโ€ . It is a system for taking, organizing and reviewing notes and has been devised by Prof. Walter Pauk of Cornell University in the 1950s.

It requires very little preparation which makes it ideal for note taking in class. The page will be divided into 4 โ€” or sometimes only 3 โ€” different sections: Two columns, one area at the bottom of the page, and one smaller area at the top of the page:

Record During the lecture, record in the main column as many meaningful facts and ideas as you can. Write legibly.

Reduce As soon after as possible, summarize these facts and ideas concisely in the Cue Column. Summarizing clarifies meanings and relationships, reinforces continuity, and strengthens memory.

Recite Cover the Note Taking Area, using only your jottings in the Cue Column, say over the facts and ideas of the lecture as fully as you can, not mechanically, but in your own words. Then, verify what you have said.

Reflect Draw out opinions from your notes and use them as a starting point for your own reflections on the course and how it relates to your other courses. Reflection will help prevent ideas from being inert and soon forgotten.

Review Spend 10 minutes every week in quick review of your notes, and you will retain most of what you have learned.

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