Cornell Notes

10 Steps for the Cornell Way

I. Note-Taking

Reading or hearing information for the first time white jotting down and organizing key points to be used later as a learning tool.

Create Format–Step 1 CREATE Cornell notes format and complete heading
Organize Notes–Step 2 ORGANIZE notes on right side

II.  Note-Making

Within 24 hours of having taken the notes, revise these notes, generate questions, and use collaboration to create meaning.

Review and Revise–Step 3 REVIEW and REVISE notes
Note Key Ideas–Step 4 NOTE key ideas to create questions
Exchange Ideas–Step 5 EXCHANGE ideas by collaborating

III.  Note-Interacting

Interact with notes taken by creating a synthesized summary.  Use Cornell notes as a learning tool to increase content class achievement.

Link Learning–Step 6 LINK learning to create a synthesized summary
Learning Tool–Step 7 Use completed Cornell notes as a learning tool

IV.  Note-Reflection

Use feedback to address areas of challenge by setting focus goals to improve future notes.  The Cornell Note Checklist (see below) provides the opportunity to reflect on the notes and the learning.

Written Feedback–Step 8 provide WRITTEN feedback
Address–Step 9 ADDRESS written feedback
Your Reflection–Step 10 Reflect on YOUR learning

Example of Cornell Notes

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Click here to learn how to write the Essential Question.

GIST/Summarize/5 Ws and Say-Mean-Matter are two ways a note-taker can summarize Cornell Notes.

Click here for Regular Cornell Note paper.

Click here for Graph Cornell Note paper.

Click here for Blank Cornell Note paper.

Click here for Philosophical Chair Cornell Note paper.

Cornell Note Checklist


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