Notetaking Idea: The Cornell System04/19/12
One effective note-taking method is The Cornell System, which was designed by Walter Pauk from Cornell University. This concept breaks dot paper into three sections: the cue column, the notetaking area and the summary area. The image below outlines where each zone is located on the dot paper. The only zone used during class time is the note-taking area intended for taking notes during instruction.
After class students review their notes and identify key questions that the notes answer. Students write these questions in the cue column. After listening to the entire lesson students fill in the summary section by writing a short review of the key concepts in their own words. Students who use this method take in the entire lesson twice and create an indexed resource for test prep and lesson review down the road.