The Cornell layout
Cornell notes divide your page and your note-taking into four distinct sections: title, cues, notes, and summary.
Let’s review what each section should contain:
- Title: the top of the page should contain the course and/or topic title, plus the date of your notes
- Cues: the left-hand margin column is for keywords, phrases, subtopics and questions. These “cues” help you to organize your notes and pinpoint where relevant notes and answers can be found
- Notes: the large right-hand column is where your notes go. Keep them lined up with your cues, and start a new line for each new note or point
- Summary: this section forms a footer at the bottom of the page and should contain a brief summary of the main concepts covered on each page.
The summary section is the most important part of the Cornell method – that’s where the information really finds its way into your memory.