The Cornell System:
- Cue Column: The 2.5 inches of the screen are called the “recall” column, and this is where you can write after you have taken notes in class. It is suggested to write questions in the recall column in order to test yourself and thoroughly understand the material.
- Summaries Area: The lower 2 inches of the screen where you can use your own words to summarize your notes.
- Note Taking Area: The 6-inch remainder of the screen where write the basic notes.
Cornell Guided Notes Recap: Research has shown that this method helps students perform significantly better on their exams. The Guided Notes method involves interaction between students and teachers, where teachers create fill in the blank outlines that contain key concepts while students take down notes.
Other effective note taking systems include:
- Outline system: this requires the creation of an organized pattern which you can use to review later on. The pattern is consisted of a primary topic, and a secondary topic which contains detailed bullet point paragraphs, which is further broken down into another secondary topic.
- Flow-Based System: Instead of using structured paragraphs, the flow-based system encourages the generation of ideas and connecting them to relevant thoughts while taking down notes in class.
There is no uniform method of note-taking that will work for everyone, the various methods are there for you to try and find which one works best for you.
Physically taking down notes has been proven to activate areas of the brain that are used for working memory, language, and thinking. The brain contains cognitive areas that we use to process information, and when we take down notes during lectures, we make use of the occipital and temporal lobe the most. The occipital lobe is used for visual perception, color recognition, and spatial recognition. On the other hand, the temporal lobe is used in auditory perception, speech, memory, visual perception, and emotions.
Traditional note-taking vs. Digital note-taking
Using a pen and paper can help you remember better although typing them allows you to have a larger quantity of notes in a shorter period of time.
You can use various digital tools to take down notes, such as recording pens, videos, laptops, and various internet software. Find a tool that works best for you, as each of them has its own advantages.
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