You can use the Cornell Notes note-taking method to take better notes in any class. In the “Notes” column of the page, take notes as you normally would in class or while studying material. In the “Cue” column, pull out key words or questions that will remind you of the information. In the “Summary” column, write a concise summary of your notes. Make sure to study and review your notes as soon as possible! The Cornell Notes method can be summarized by these steps:
- Record: Write notes in the Notes column.
- Record: After class, write questions or key ideas in the Cue column.
- Recite: Cover the Cue column, based on your questions and ideas, say in your own words the answers or explanations to those key points.
- Reflect: Think about the material. Ask original questions and reflect on what you’ve learned.
- Review: Read over your notes and review the material.