Cornell Note Sample

Cornell Note-taking System Sample


Reduce or Question (After Lecture)

  • write key words, phrases or questions that serve as cues for notes taken in class
  • cue phrases and questions should be in your own words


  • with classroom notes covered, read each key word or question
  • recite the fact or idea brought to mind by key word or question
Record (During Lecture)

  • write down facts and ideas in phrases
  • use abbreviations when possible (After Lecture)
  • read through your notes
  • fill in blanks and make scribbles more legible

Reflect and Review

  • review your notes periodically by reciting
  • think about what you have learned
Recapitulation (After Lecture)

  • summarize each main idea
  • use complete sentences