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HOW TO MAKE GOOD NOTES...

Getting Started:

See: Research Model for information on the process of research.


L.F.M.S.S. NOTE TAKING FORMAT - CORNELL NOTES

Blank Cornell Note Sheets (Fundy Notes) can be found in the Library.

Cornell Notes Sample

Divide the paper into 3 sections.

  • Draw a dark horizontal line about 5 or 6 lines from the bottom. Use heavy magic marker so that it is clear.

  • Draw a dark vertical line about 5 cm from the left side of the paper from the top to the horizontal line.

Document

  • Write course name, date and topic at the top of each page.

Write Notes

  • The large box to the right is for writing notes.

  • Skip a line between ideas and topics.

  • Don't use complete sentences. Use abbreviations, whenever possible. Develop a shorthand of your own, such as using "&" for the word "and", or by removing vowels from words, or creating a symbol for "ion" that you put at the end of all those long words that end with "ion".

Review and Clarify

  • Review the notes as soon as possible after class.

  • Pull out main ideas, key points, dates, and people, and write them in the left column.

Summarize

  • Write a summary of the main ideas in the bottom section.

Study your notes

  • Reread your notes in the right column.

  • Spend most of your time studying the ideas in the left column and the summary at the bottom. These are the most important ideas and will probably include most of the information that will be tested.

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