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Cornell notes, also called the Cornell note-taking system, is a widely-used note-taking 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.
Overview of method
To create such notes, a student divides the paper into two columns; usually the right column, the note-taking column, is twice the size of the left column, the cue column. While he or she listens to a teacher's lecture or reads the assigned textbook, the student writes down notes in the note-taking column. After lecture, questions or cues are written in the cue column, based on material in the note-taking column. The very bottom of the page is used for summarizing the notes.
The student then covers up the note-taking column and responds to the questions/cues in the cue column. The student is encouraged to reflect on the material and review the notes regularly.
Many educators feel that Cornell notes are a helpful aid in a student's education while many others feel that students should decide for themselves what study tools to use.