Cornell notes that the students take in class from a lecture, or from a textbook, can be easily used to study from for a test. Cornell Notes were developed as a successful note-taking structure/format at Cornell University and was quickly adopted by other law schools. Because they help the brain organize the new learning, they become a great study tool. Simply cover the notes section, which is on the right (white), and try to answer the question section, which is on the left (pink).
Organization of the Notes
The notes taken in class are in the largest section of the page seen in the graphic with a white background. The student can use a highlighter to help the biggest ideas or those which are more difficult to stand out.
The area on the left with a pink background is done the first time the student reviews his or her notes. In this section the student writes things that can prompt study questions. If the paper is folded along this line, so that the student can only see the questions or main ideas, they can try to remember the information in the notes, or white section, that fits with it.
The bottom section, the one with the blue background, is for a summary and is done the second time the student looks at the notes. Summarizing is an activity which requires the synthesizing of information which is a higher level thinking skill.
Examples of Cornell Notes
Click on the examples below to see what this style of notes may look like in the different classes.