How to Take Great Notes – Study Tips – How to be a Great Student – Cornell Notes

How to Take Great Notes – Study Tips – How to be a Great Student – Cornell Notes


Hello my Socratica friends! We’re here to help you be a great student. Today we’re going to demonstrate a technique
for note-taking called “The Cornell Method.” This method will help you take fast, efficient
notes in class, plus it organizes your notes to make reviewing easier. You can also use this technique to take notes
when you read your textbook or watch a video. First, divide your paper into sections: Draw
two lines, creating 3 areas. The bigger column on the right is where you
take your notes in class. The smaller column on the left is where you’ll write cues to help you navigate through your notes. And the section at the bottom is for a summary. You’ll fill in these last two sections after
class when you review your notes. In class, your teacher is presenting information
in complete sentences, which is a good thing. That helps us understand the ideas. But that doesn’t mean you should write down
those complete sentences word-for-word when you take notes. Now that you’ve heard the complete sentence
and understand it, you can write down a simplified version of the information. We’re now going to play the beginning of
one of our lessons, on the History of the Atom. Watch how we take simplified notes, not writing
down every word, but just the key points. We might say The Atomic Age started with the
work of John Dalton (1766-1844). Dalton proposed the Atomic Theory in 1803. This picture of the world where everything
is composed of atoms helped explain what had been observed in chemical reactions. For instance, different elements always combined
to form chemical compounds in amounts that were simple whole-number ratios. Dalton proposed that each element had its
own unique type of atom, with a certain characteristic weight. These atoms were very small, solid particles
that were indivisible. That was the model of the atom for almost
a hundred years. Since Dalton’s first conception, the model
of the atom has evolved over time. Each time new experimental observations were
gathered that couldn’t be explained by the atomic model of the day, the model had to
be revised and refined. For instance, the discovery of subatomic particles
meant Dalton’s model, that said atoms were indivisible…needed some work. In 1897, J.J. Thomson (1856 – 1940) was the
first to discover a subatomic particle, the electron, through his experiments with cathode
rays. At this time, people weren’t sure if cathode
rays were waves, or particles. Thomson was using magnets and electrically
charged plates to deflect cathode rays (and thereby estimate their mass). He showed that cathode rays must be made up
of negatively charged particles that were over a thousand times lighter than the smallest
atom (that’s hydrogen). Before this experimental result, it was thought
that THE smallest particle WAS the hydrogen atom. To account for his observations, Thomson proposed
the “plum pudding” model of the atom. If you’ve never had plum pudding, that name
may not make a lot of sense to you. So imagine you have a dense chewy cake with
little raisins all through it – maybe like a raisin bagel, or a chocolate chip muffin,
if you prefer. The cake part is the bulk of the atom, and
it’s positively charged, while the little sweet bits of raisin, or chocolate would be
the negatively charged electrons. Let’s compare our notes to a transcript
of the lesson. You can see that our notes are much simpler
and faster to read. Notice how we used abbreviations wherever
possible, and that we left space between the major ideas. If you read these short notes on their own,
without hearing the lecture first, they might not make sense to you. But after you’ve heard the lecture, these
notes will help you remember the most important points. Now wait a minute – don’t go anywhere. You’re not finished taking notes when the
lecture is over. When you get home from class, you should re-read
your notes. Take this time to correct any obvious spelling
mistakes. It’s also a good idea to check your notes
with a friend, to make sure you didn’t miss anything important. And now is the time to fill in those other
sections. These are going to make reviewing your notes
much more efficient. On the left, there’s a space for “Cues.” Here, you will write short words and phrases
that will cue your memory. You can use these to quickly scan through
your notes and find the most important information when you need help on your homework or when
you’re studying for a test. On the bottom of the page, there’s a space
for a summary. This is where you write a very brief summary,
or the take-home message, of the lecture. Here I would write something like “Model
of the Atom has changed over time with new discoveries. Dalton (indivisible), Thomson (plum-pudding
model)… and we know that more models arecoming in the rest of the lecture. Remember, your teacher is giving you a lecture
about what is really important and what you most need to know. Unfortunately, no one can remember every lecture,
word-for-word. But when you have a great set of notes, you
can take the very best part of a lecture home with you. Your notes are just as important a resource
as your textbook. These notes are going to help you when you
do your homework, and when you study for a test. Taking great notes is a key part of being
a great student. This video sponsored by Skillshare: Learn
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100 thoughts on “How to Take Great Notes – Study Tips – How to be a Great Student – Cornell Notes

  1. wow its incredible. i was graduate from bachelor degree. i had never made a note like that. i will use this method when i am master

  2. this method is great but what would you recommend for taking notes off of your textbooks and see lots of vocab words?

  3. Damn, I watched this thing and started using this system… Supplemented by some mind maps this thing is incredibly efficient, thanks a lot for the heads up!

  4. My school uses this and I don't see how we should be limited on how we take notes, we all comprehend information differently.

  5. I'm watching this to show my students, but I keep getting distracted: What kind of music does Liliana like? Where should I take her to dinner on our first date? What books will I need to read before our dinner-date to impress her during conversation? Do I need to buy some new clothes? I certainly need to lose 5 pounds. Maybe I shouldn't mention that I flunked Algebra in ninth grade, but wait, maybe she'll think that I'm showing my vulnerability and then she'll say something like "I'm so glad you had the courage to send me those 375 emails before I agreed to this date", or something like that…

  6. TO ALL FRESHMEN:

    INVEST IN RECORDING DEVICE (AUDIO OR VISUAL)

    USE THIS NOTE-TAKING TECHNIQUE

    BOOK MEET-UPS WITH YOUR PROF DURING DURING OFFICE HOURS

    CREATE STUDY-GROUPS

    ATTEND TA WORKSHOPS COVERING TOPICS

    FOLLOW SYLLUBUS AND STUDY AHEAD OF LECTURES

    USE RESOURCES ONLINE TO SUPPLIMENT LEARNED MATERIAL

    DO ALL OF THE ABOVES AND YOU SHOULD RECIEVE AN -A OR ABOVE, NO MATTER THE RIGOR (unless it is conceptual topic like applied science and math)

  7. This method is truly valuable. I have noticed that I have been able to remember information easier than before.
    Thank you Liliana for your excellent presentation.

  8. "Embedding disabled?"…. what a pity. It's a great video for my students, but I have to be able to embed the video into my course. 🙁

  9. You remind me a lot of Vivien from Legally Blonde, in a good way haha. You could easily play her if you wanted to!

  10. Although the video is good. Taking notes in general is not a good idea, irrespective of the method. Because it has been established that multitasking is bad.

  11. I don't think I was ever a good note taker. As soon as I start to write something down I would miss the next two things being said.

  12. This is exactly what I was looking for to help my 6th grader learn WHAT notes to take.  There are a million videos on the Cornell Method which I could care less about.  Methods are secondary to learning what information to write down.  What is great about this video is it shows a "lecture" and how a person should take notes.  I've been watching videos for HOURS and this is the only one I came across that gave lecture examples.  Do you have any more or possibly some where the examples aren't as high level (something a middle schooler could relate to)?

  13. One should NOT be bothered by 'taking notes' during a lecture, which is a waste of time anyway – just sitting there. All you need, should you be forced to rely on lectures (so lecturers can get paid, and the academic system continue to be supported as usual), is a recording of the lecture you can play and pause as you like, and above all, adjust speed to your liking. Just the wrong – usually too slow – tempo can be very irritating and make you wish you'd have a book / text instead. I understand academia is in a crisis as far as lectures are concerned, but they are quickly going obsolete.

  14. I'm really impressed with the way of explaining how a person should take notes,
    I highly appreciate your effort in this regard, great work,
    Thanks for producing these guidelines for all of us.

  15. That's incredible how Brazilians just came here to tell how the Brazilian actress is beautiful, but they never comment about the awesome content.

  16. I am having a hard time listening to what you are saying cause I am too busy admiring you the whole time. You are way too pretty to be making these videos . Can you wear a mask when you make these videos ?? Cause that might help .

  17. This is the most helpful Cornell notes guide. I am doing distance learning in law so I just wonder how to apply it in reading textbooks.

  18. Also, notes are very personal. When I hear a student say that they will "look at a friend's notes" I cringe. It's better than nothing, but the friend needs to be there in order to translate.

  19. Hi Socratica, thanks for the video, but I have some questions to ask.
    Q1: I don't really get it when someone say "key point". So, at 1:10, when you said to write just the "Key points", does it mean to write "what we think are important information/point" in a paragraph of an important section in a chapter?
    Q2: Can I also take notes in outline method format in the note-taking section of the Cornell Notes?
    Q3: Every time we take notes in the note-taking section of the Cornell notes, are we supposed to take notes in our own words?
    Q4: In some Cornell Note tutorials that I have seen, they tell us to take note of major points of a lecture in the CUE column first then, take note of information that support each major point on the left side in the note-taking section. However, in most of the Cornell Notes tutorials, including your video, they tell is to take notes in the note-taking section first and then write some main ideas in the CUE column. Which style is correct? Cue first or Note-taking section first?
    Q5: When you summarize at the bottom, were you summarizing the information from the note-taking section or from both cue and note-taking columns?
    Q6: In this video, you taught us to take notes during a lecture. How to take notes with Cornell Notes when reading a textbook?

    I hope you will help me clarify. Thank you!

  20. That's what i want which can helps me to take notes. Thank you!!! Right Now, i will use this method for my lifetime study.

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  22. Help me!! I started with this video, and now I can’t stop watching Socratica. Not only I’m deeply in love with her (platonically, of course) but I think Algebra is awesome.

  23. Awesome video! Thank you so much! I used it on an audiobook, and got to really pin down the main points of the chapter, and I can already tell that it would be far easier for me to teach it to someone after I've used this technique. I'll be using it a lot more often, even though I'm not a college student. The beauty of this is that it applies to anything you want to learn, not just a college class.

  24. Wonderful technique…Thank u so much Mam….,, Please make more videos on maths,,…it helps me a lot as I am pursuing Masters in Mathematics…. Thank u so much

  25. I've never seen an example of how to take notes like that, at first they just seemed clunky but now they make a lot of sense. Just awesome. Thanks.

  26. I do not like using abbreviations in notes. This might work when you review material after +- a month, but i often have to review my maths notes for techniques i learned a couple of years ago, and i wish i wouldn't have used abbreviations

  27. I'm not asserting that re-reading and summarizing can't be beneficial. But there are studies that suggest that those methods are considered low utility. High utility methods include practice tests, spatial, and active recall.

  28. Wow thank you guys this has been the best note taking technique explanory video i´ve seen yet
    Especially the part where you did like cornell note taking in action (very cool idea)
    Even though i´m fasting in the Ramadan months which means i´m very calm
    I could not help myself and and got very angry about my past school teachers and asked myself why the heck
    they didnt teach those kind of techniques instead of SQ4R, SQ3R acronym driven techniques or
    Quotes like: "you dont have learn the mathematical formula by heard, you have to understand it" wow thanks
    for the wisdom but HOW CAN I UNDERSTAND IT BETTER or WHATS THE WAY

    All the best for you and best wishes

  29. Please answer me. I appreciate how you make taking lecture notes so much easier but I have a question. How can I take notes from the textbook using this same Cornell Method when there's no one lecturing behind? Should I get a text to speech converter to work the same or jus read a chunk by myself and then take notes? Will I be able to pinpoint what to put in my notes when I take notes from a textbook where no one else is giving a lecture just like in the video?

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