Note Taking

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I have put together a book that helps you keep track of your training notes.

Walter Pauk‘s book, “How to Study in College”[1], describes a note-taking method; known as “the Cornell note-taking system”.  Scott Mautz[2] adds to this three-page-golden-nugget in a 650-page book of golden nuggets, by suggesting that one also notes down action items and emotions solicited.

My book provides you with space for the Cornell note-taking system components of

  • Making notes during the lecture,
  • Summarising the ideas on the page of notes,
  • Writing questions to help you remember the recorded notes, and
  • Commenting on the emotions these notes elicit.

The example below shows you what a note page on a “lecture on the Cornell method” looks like.

Review Date: 2020/01/28
Continue from the previous page? No
Date of Lecture: 2020/01/28
Topic of Lecture: Cornell Note-taking method
Review questions:

 

Name four methods of notetaking

 

 

 

What are the four columns of the Cornell Note Taking method used for?

 

Notes:

https://getpocket.com/

https://medium.goodnotes.com/study-with-ease-the-best-way-to-take-notes-2749a3e8297b

What?

There are many ways of taking notes in class:

A structured approach using an outline

Visual methods like mind maps

No structure at all.

A superior note-taking method is the “Cornell Note Taking”.

It is a system for taking, organising and reviewing notes – Prof. Walter Pauk of Cornell University in the 1950s.

How?

Divide the page into four sections:

1: Two columns – one larger than the other

2: Larger column: All actual notes from the lecture

The smaller column on the left side: questions about the notes that you can answer during revision

and keywords or comments

3: One area at the bottom of the page, for a summary

4: one smaller area at the top of the page, for a title

Why?

The system itself encourages students to reflect on their notes by summarising them in their own words.

Emotions?

 

Impressed!

Actions:

 

Buy the book

Use the method

Succeed

Summary:

 

Take notes with space for comments and a summary.

Am I done reviewing these notes? Yes Continue onto the next page? No

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[1] How to Study in College, Walter Pauk, Seventh Edition, 2002, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston

[2] Want to Retain Information Better? Try This Popular, 70-Year-Old Note-Taking Method; At a conference, in a conference room, or in a classroom, this method is proven and powerful; Scott Mautz; https://www.inc.com/scott-mautz/want-to-retain-information-better-try-this-popular-70-year-old-note-taking-method.html; December 6, 2019

 

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