Cornell Notes


The Cornell method is a format of notetaking that allows students to condense and organize notes. The paper is divided into two columns: the note-taking column ( on the right) is twice the size of the questions/key word column (on the left). The student should leave five to seven lines, or about two inches, at the bottom of the page. Click here for a template you can print out.

Reading or lecture notes are put in the note-taking column (definitions may also be written here). Notes should include main ideas which have been reworded. Sentences should be shortened, put in brief bullets or statements. Abbreviations should be used.

After about 24 hours of taking the notes, students should review the notes and write questions in the left column(or put in key terms) that can be answered by the notes which were taken. Student should write a brief summary in the bottom box of the page, four to six lines in legth. This helps to increase understanding of the topic and helps students study for either a test or quiz.

When reviewing or studying, the student can cover up the note-taking (right) column to answer the questions/keywords in the key word or cue (left) column. Students should review the notes regularly.

SCROL- acronym to help when taking notes click here.

Cornel Notes Example: Click on the example below for a larger view-