How To Take Cornell Notes

How To Take Cornell Notes

Form: Cornell Notes

Purpose: Distill complex text, arguments, etc. into format useful for study

Sweet Spot: Grades 8-12, college

Background: According to Wikipedia, the system was developed in the 1950s by Walter Pauk, a Cornell University professor who shared the technique in his book “How to Study in College.”

How To Take Cornell Notes

Note-taking is a lost art.

While recent trends–including multi-point touch screens, sketch notes, etc.–have given it a shot in the arm, the idea of encountering new information or experiences of some kind, distilling it for what’s important, then recording it for future reference doesn’t get much attention.

While there are many ways to take notes, Cornell Notes are among the most useful for pure academic study, but they’re also a bit complicated. Simpler forms like combination notes are easy to explain and use, but lack the depth a form like the Cornell System has.

The video above does a very nice job of showing how to take a text and transfer it into the Cornell Notes format.

How To Take Cornell Notes