What are Cornell Notes?
The Cornell Notetaking method was developed by Dr. Walter Pauk of Cornell University. It is a system used widely for taking notes of material presented in a lecture or from reading. It is also used for reviewing and retaining of that material. Using this system can help learners to organise their notes, actively involve them in creation of knowledge and improve learners study skills.
- A title and date section at the top
- A section for key questions or key words on the left
- A main section on the right for the note taking
- A summary section about 6 lines from the bottom comprising the three quarters as pictured in the illustration above
- in the second section (left side), to list some key vocabulary (variety of word groups) - you could even ask them to list key questions
- in the third section (right side), to write examples of sentences they could use for the topic, encouraging them to use complex sentence that would be suitable for the grade they were aiming for.
- finally, in the fourth section, to summarise any Grammar points they have to consider and review when proof checking their work.