Cornell Notes



Recall Column (See Cornell Notes Template below)

BHS Student Cornell Notes

Cornell Notes Two COlumn

——2 1/2”——– —————-6”——————–


Reduce ideas and facts to

concise jottings and

summaries as cues for                                     Record the lecture as fully and as

Reciting, Reviewing,                               meaningfully as possible.

and Reflecting.

The format provides the perfect opportunity for following through with the 5 R’s of note-taking and reinforces the SQ3R Reading Methodology. Here they are:

  1. Record. During the lecture, record in the main column as many meaningful facts and ideas as you can. Write legibly.
  1. Reduce. As soon after as possible, summarize these ideas and facts concisely in the Recall Column. Summarizing clarifies meanings and relationships, reinforces continuity, and strengthens memory. Also, it is a way of preparing for examinations gradually and well ahead of time.
  1. Recite. Now cover the column, using only your jottings in the Recall Column as cues or “flags” to help you recall, say over facts and ideas of the lecture as fully as you can, not mechanically, but in your own words and with as much appreciation of the meaning as you can. Then, uncovering your notes, verify what you have said. This procedure helps to transfer the facts and ideas of your long-term memory.
  1. Reflect. Reflective students distill their opinions from their notes. They make such opinions the starting point for their own musings upon the subjects they are studying. Such musings aid them in making sense out of their courses and academic experiences by finding relationships among them. Reflective students continually label and index their experiences and ideas, put them into structures, outlines, summaries, and frames of reference. They rearrange and file them. Best of all, they have an eye for the vital-for the essential. Unless ideas are placed in categories, unless they are taken up from time to time for re-examination, they will become inert and soon forgotten.
  1. Review. If you will spend 10 minutes every week or so in a quick review of these notes, you will retain most of what you have learned, and you will be able to use your knowledge currently to greater and greater effectiveness.


10 Steps of the CORNELL WAY 

C Create Format Step 1: Create Cornell notes format and complete heading (See Cornell Note Template below) Set up your paper
O Organize Notes Step 2: Organize notes on the right side. Take notes on the most important info
R Review and Revise Step 3: Review and revise notes. Review and revise
N Note Key Ideas Step 4: Note key ideas to create questions. Ask questions about your notes
E Exchange Ideas Step 5: Exchange ideas by collaborating Compare notes with a partner and revise
L Link Learning Step 6: Link learning to create a synthesized summary. Write a summary
L Learning Tool Step 7: Use completed Cornell notes as a learning tool.


Use your notes to study
W Written Feedback Step 8: Provide written feedback as part of your Revision.



Review your written feedback
A Address Feedback Step 9: Address written feedback.



Set goals based on your feedback
Y Your Reflection Step 10: Reflect on your learning Write a reflection


Use Abbreviations in your Cornell Note-Taking

P = page

# = number

b/c = because

b/4 = before

wd = word

w/ = with

w/o = without

2 = to, too, two

ie = that is

eg = for example

re = concerning

vs = versus

~ = about

> = greater than

< = less than

T = could be on the test

Cont’d = continued

→ = means

∴ _= therefore

√ = check later

* = important

def = definition

$ = money

e’day = everyday

HW = however

Gov’t = government

Int’l = international

Q = question

ch = chapter

Write only the beginning of a word:

Ref = reference

Dif = difference

Comp = compare


Write only consonants and omit vowels:

Impt = important

Bhvr = behaviour

Wrt = write

Lrn = learn

Lk = like