Making notes or copying information from a book has a minimal impact on learning. Yes, you will feel good about producing so much ‘work’; however, this effect on your learning and retention (ability to remember things) is minimal. Therefore, it is worth considering using Cornell notes as a strategy to summarise notes. In addition, Cornell Notes encourage you to include questions, visual clues and other clues that jog your memory, taking your note-taking beyond copying information.
It is essential that you handwrite your notes, rather than using a computer, as this has been shown to improve later memory.
When using Cornell Notes, make sure you review your notes. Students who take the time to review their notes typically have higher achievement than those who do not. You can download a Cornell Notes template here: Make Your Cornell Notes Template with Word Anne Hennegar, TimeAtlas.com, 2017. Includes video, Word template and PDF
Further Revision Resources