I only recently discovered how to take notes using the Cornell system, and I wish I’d discovered it sooner! As an English student, I have often found myself overwhelmed by the amount of information I hurriedly jot down during seminars. A few months later, exams arrive and I have to pore over badly organised notes as I desperately try to find that crucial piece of information that I can’t remember. (If keeping your notes in order is something you would like to improve then have a look at our blog post about Evernote, an app designed to help with exactly that!) The Cornell method was designed specifically to help you condense and categorize your notes. The left column is blank so you can pick out crucial points and key words from your main body of notes. After your lecture you can summarise your notes at the bottom. This gives you a quick overview of the lecture, making it easy to revisit the topic. Now, when I start revising I no longer have to spend hours rewriting my notes, which means I’m a step ahead. I highly recommend the Cornell system, as it’s a great way to concisely display big chunks of information. If you would like to learn more about various techniques that can help you improve your note-taking, come along to our workshop, Note-taking: record, review, reflect, or take a look at our online resource – Note making: capturing what counts.
By Ciara from the Student Team