Taking Notes

 

Taking Notes!

Notetaking is a skill that requires understanding of what you're doing and practice. Taking notes gives you a written record for review. It forces you to pay attention and it takes organization and effort on your part. The notetaker is an active listener who must condense and rephrase what is being said. There are many different systems for notetaking. No one system is better than another. Find one that works for you and practice, practice, practice! One commonly used system is the CORNELL NOTETAKING SYSTEM.

What is the Cornell format?

  • use a ruler or fold the page to draw a line 2-3 inches from the left margin

  • write notes in the wider section (right side)

  • write questions in the smaller section (left side)

  • indent details under main points

  • phrases are okay

  • do not try to write every word

  • listen for main ideas & details

  • listen for clues about what to write down (e.g. "The definition is..." or "Three reasons why..."

What are the study tips?

  • Study Tip: Cover up the note column and try answering questions without looking. Do this out loud or with a friend.

  • Active Study Tips:

  • write notes

  • recite aloud

  • write questions about note contents

Why should I learn to take notes?

  • Notetaking is an important and valuable skill to be used throughout school!


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