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Use the Cornell Method for Note-taking

This notebook page has a column on the right side that is one-third the width of the page, and it is for writing the main idea or topic. The bottom forth of the page is reserved for a summary of your notes. The rest of the page is for your notes.
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The Cornell Method for Note-taking is very efficient way to organize information from class, books you read, videos you watch, etc.

You can make any notebook ready to take notes this way by:

  • making a column on the side for main ideas or topics
  • making an area at the bottom for a summary of your notes (do this after class when you study).

Also, practice using abbreviations as you take notes.



Online note-taking tips