At induction we deliver a workshop on the Cornell note taking system. This is a university recognised strategy to make notes that support revision throughout the year and aid students in their learning. We are encouraging students to use this system but it is not a requirement.
The Cornell note taking system was invented in the 1950’s by Walter Pauk who was an education professor at Cornell University. The Cornell method of note-taking is done by dividing a page into 3 sections: Notes, Cues and a Summary section. Assuming you’re taking notes on an 8.5 x 11″ or A4 size page, create a column about 2″ wide on either the left or right hand side of the page for Cues. Leave about 2″ at the bottom of the page for a Summary section. The largest section is for Notes. At the top of each page write your name, date, topic and class.
The Notes section is used during class or while reading a book to take abbreviated notes and to copy any diagrams or charts the instructor may use. It’s a good idea to leave extra space between main points and topics so that other details can be filled in later and to allow you to read your notes easily. The Cues should be written down soon after the class is over. Cues are used for review and study and can include such things as questions anticipated on an exam, main ideas/people, and vocabulary words.
The Summary at the bottom of the page is written after class and is used to help you find information later on. It is a brief summary of the notes on that page highlighting the main point(s). We encourage students to use the Cornell system. However, it is not suitable for all students. We expect all folders to be organised with an excellent level of presentation .