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Cornell Noting in Science Lessons

There are many ways of taking notes in school or at the university. However, there is one note-taking technique that is proven to be superior to others and is more efficient to create and easier to review notes. Its called “Cornell Note Taking”. It is a system for taking, organising and reviewing notes devised by Prof. Walter Pauk of Cornell University in the 1950s.

It requires very little preparation which makes it ideal for note taking in class OR revision a topic. The page will be divided into 4 sections (as shown on the image right)

The idea behind this is very easy. All actual notes and diagrams from the lesson or revision session go into the main note-taking column.

The smaller column on the left side is for questions about the notes that can be answered when reviewing and keywords or comments that make the whole reviewing and exam preparation process easier.

The bottom box is for an overall summary or conclusion.

The system itself encourages you to reflect on your notes by actively summarising them into your own words.

I have tried it a few times in class and for revision and I think it works very well. I think you must give your students a really clear idea of how to do it. Also I think online I have not found many examples for Science, so I have put quite a few on my PPT.

Cornell Noting in Science


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