Being organized is the first step to good note taking. AVID has shown that using cornell notes helps us solve that problem. Below you can download three that we use in our class. But if you need
to make changes, go for it.
Beginner Cornell Style Note-Taking Basics
Why take C-Notes?
1. SET UP YOUR PAPER
Divide the paper into two sections.
Complete the Header
- Draw a vertical line from top to bottom
that is a few inches from the left margin.
2. TAKE NOTES ON THE RIGHT SIDE
- Write your name, course, and date at the
top of each page
- Write a general title for the
3. AFTER CLASS WRITE QUESTIONS & KEY WORDS
- Write all main ideas/concepts on the
right side of the page
- Be sure to skip one line between ideas
and several lines between topics
- Mark ideas that go together with an
4. REVIEW & STUDY
- Review the notes soon after the
- Make sure your notes are clear; that the
information makes sense
- Create questions and key words on
the left side that correspond to the notes
- Pull out main ideas, topics,
terms, places, dates, etc.
- Write the main ideas in the left column,
matching it with the details
- Write a summary at the bottom of your
- Highlight and study your notes
- Quiz yourself
This section of the notes is used for the student to reflect on the content of class. This is where the student writes two to three sentences summarizing what was learned in class (or in the book,
video or presentation) and why the content of class is important. Studies show that this is the most important part of notes taking because the student makes connection with the learning by
stating why it is important. By writing it down the student is 31% more likely to remember what is learned.
Advanced Cornell Style Note-Taking
NOTE - TAKING
C 1. Create Format: set up
notes and complete heading
O 2. Organize Notes: right
NOTE - MAKING
R 3. Review and Revise: use the Revision Checklist to edit notes
N 4. Note Key Ideas: create questions on the left side
E 5. Exchange Ideas: collaborate on notes
NOTE - INTERACTING
L 6. Link Learning: synthesize a summary
L 7. Learning Tool: use
notes to study, review, create tutorial questions, etc.
NOTE - REFLECTING
W 8. Written Feedback: teacher, tutor, or student provide feedback on notes
A 9. Address
Feedback: use feedback to create a goal for future note-taking
Y 10. Your Reflection:
develop a learning log