Note Taking Paper

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The ability to take good notes is very important. You will be able to easier review material you took notes on if you took well written, thorough notes. I myself have trouble gleaning information from lectures because of my attention deficit disorder so taking good notes is a way for me to be able to review what we went over in class so that I may understand it better. Also, when I do homework if I get stuck on something, I can review my notes and figure out what I need to know. The Cornell Note Taking System was devised in the 1950’s by Walter Paulk, an education professor at Cornell University. It provides the perfect system for using the five R’s of note-taking. They are record, reduce, recite, reflect, and review. The Cornell system stimulates critical thinking skills and helps students remember what was said in class. If done correctly, your notes will be well organized and very easy to review. The Cornell format calls for the student to divide the paper into two columns. The note taking column, usually on the right side of the paper, is twice the size of the keyword column (usually found on the left side). For ease of review, use main ideas, paraphrase, avoid long sentences, and use abbreviations. Within 24 hours of taking notes, review them and write pertinent information or questions you may have on the bottom 5-7 lines of the page. Following this format will encourage you to listen more actively to the lecture and be able to recall information easier when reviewing. When I take notes I usually try to paraphrase the main idea of what the lecturer is saying. If something is written on the board I try to copy it down as closely to what they have written as I can. If something is really important I will make it stand out by underlining, or circling/putting a star by it. That way when I go back over my notes and am reviewing them, I will

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