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Learning to Learn

Note Taking

"He listens well who takes notes" -- Dante Alighieri


The only credit I take for anything you will find on this page is finding it. I have taken the great liberty of making local copies of the files I have linked to. The reason being that the interweb is an ephemeral beast and links have the annoying habit of disappearing.

Cornell Note taking System

There are a number of note-taking systems but the one which frequently crops up is called the Cornell System which was developed in 1949 at Cornell University by Walter Pauk. Normally I'm pathologically averse to making assumptions but in this case I'm making an exception and recommending this system because lots of people who probably know more about taking notes than me recommend it and it seems to have stood the test of time.

The Learning Toolbox provides a very brief summary of the system.

Paul Bullock and Anne Maben of the Sonoma County Office of Education have produced this Powerpoint Presentation of the Cornell Note Taking System. Clearly this was written for American High School students but there is nothing in it which does not apply to students in higher education.

This is a template that you can use to take notes the Cornell way.

There's even a website where you can design your own notepaper - I give you the Cornell Method PDF Generator

This is an Excerpt from How to Study in College, Sixth Edition, Walter Pauk (Houghton Mifflin, 1997)

Hope this helps.

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