Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Cornell notes templates for the Filofax A4 and A5

The Cornell note-taking system is a widely-used note taking system devised in the 1950s by Walter Pauk, an education professor at Cornell University. Pauk advocated its use in his best-selling "How to Study in College".

My templates bring the system to the Filofax:



To quote Wikipedia:
The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes. The student divides the paper into two columns: the note-taking column (usually on the right) is twice the size of the questions/key word column (on the left). The student should leave five to seven lines, or about two inches, at the bottom of the page.
Notes from a lecture or teaching are written in the note-taking column; notes usually consist of the main ideas of the text or lecture, and long ideas are paraphrased. Long sentences are avoided; symbols or abbreviations are used instead. To assist with future reviews, relevant questions (which should be recorded as soon as possible so that the lecture and questions will be fresh in the student's mind) or key words are written in the key word column. These notes can be taken from any source of information, such as, fiction and nonfiction books, DVDs, lectures, text books, etc.
After about 24 hours of taking the notes, the student taking the notes must revise and write questions and then the student writes a brief summary in the bottom five to seven lines of the page. This helps to increase understanding of the topic. When studying for either a test or quiz, the student has a concise but detailed and relevant record of previous classes. However, despite some of the truth in many people finding added benefits in taking Cornell Notes, many prefer using brief bullets or statements.
When reviewing the material, the student can cover up the note-taking (right) column to answer the questions/keywords in the key word or cue (left) column. The student is encouraged to reflect on the material and review the notes regularly.
If you want to try using the Cornell method in your A4 or A5 filofax, you can download one of the templates. Choose the A4 word file, the A4 PDF file, the A5 word file or the A5 PDF file.

Each of the templates has mirror gutters to allow for the holes, so print the A4 template double-sided and the A5 template onto A4 paper in booklet mode, then guillotine each piece down to two A5 pages. Punch and file the pages.
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