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Note-Taking: The Real Use

  • Badly taken notes easily become redundant and useless.
  • Real and useful note-taking is when we note down the names and brief explanations of new concepts, like author names, references, theoretical names and concepts, instead of copying everything on the slide.
  • It is great to write down the questions that come in our minds, something which is often neglected.
  • Colored or coded notes, that are marked in different shapes or blocks help ease the looking up part later, and also while studying for an exam.
  • One can also use the phone recorder to help in note-taking.

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This simple and highly systematic note-taking method helps you to understand key ideas and relationships easily. Best used for:

  • Gathering information from a seminar or presentation.
  • Recording college lecture notes.
  • Studying literature or a textbook.
Cornell Method: How to take notes
  1. Write down the lecture name/seminar/reading topic at the top of the page.
  2. Write down notes in the largest section of the page (right-hand column). Transcribe only the facts using bulleted lists and abbreviations. Take notes of questions that arise.
    3. Create question cues in the left-hand column that you will use later as a study tool.
  3. At the bottom section of the page, summarize the main ideas of your notes. Ask yourself how you would explain this information to someone else. Keep it concise.

Read over your notes in the left-hand column and summary at the bottom as often as possible. Quiz yourself with the questions you've included in the left column. Repeat often to increase your recall and deepen your comprehension.