Note taking with Cornell Notes

The Cornell note-taking system is a widely-used note taking system system devised in the 1950s by Walter Pauk, an education professor at Cornell University. Pauk advocated its use in his best-selling How to Study in College. It is now the preferred note taking method used by most law schools in the US.

We will be using the Cornell method in class for both lecture notes, and as the required format that students will use to take notes on homework reading assignments.  Here is a summary of the method:  http://coe.jmu.edu/LearningToolbox/cornellnotes.html

This site provides a convenient generator that allows you to create your own custom note page in the Cornell Notes format that can be printed and used for reading assignments:  http://www.eleven21.com/notetaker

For those who prefer to type their notes, here is a MS Word Template that will allow you to generate notes in the Cornell format within a Word document.  http://www.timeatlas.com/5_minute_tips/general/word_templates_and_cornell_note_taking

Finally, here is an excellent powerpoint I borrowed off another web site that provides a great deal more information on how and why you should use the Cornell Notes method:  Note taking with Cornell Notes.pdf