22 October The Cornell method for notes
The Cornell method of notes was devised in years 50 by an expert in techniques of study of the University of Cornell, Walter Pauk.
YEARS 50! We are speaking of a time at which the students took notes always on paper, to pen and pencil. The portable ones did not exist, obvious. The ball-point pen began to commercialize itself by that one time (mythical brand BIC), although I do not know when it became popular between the students.
In spite of its antiquity, this method continues very being commented nowadays, so I thought to give an opportunity him. For that reason I have begun it to try in chats of congresses. This method has two parts: A) To prepare the leaves of notes according to a group; and B) To learn to use the group.
A.SEPARAR A LEAF (A4) IN 3 WORK AREAS
- Greatest to take notes in class
- A column to the left to write words or phrases nails when you review the notes.
- A zone inferior to write down a summary or ideas nails of the content of the leaf.
B. TO LEARN TO USE THIS GROUP
1º-Take notes in class in the great zone.
2º-Despu©s of class (not more than 24 hours later), to reread and to write questions in the left zone lateral that are answered with the content of the notes.
3º-Recite the read thing: to cover the great zone, to read the questions and to try to answer them aloud.
4º-Reflect on the read thing: meaning, general norms that are applied, what relation has with other subjects¦
5º-Review every week the notes thus preparations using for it the left zone, and if it is precise, to make a still more concise summary in the area inferior.
First problem that I am when use this system: I have very little space to write during the chat. Although on the scheme it seems that we have much space, when you put yourself to write is done to me very small. That means that hourly of chat it is going to me to occupy several leaves more of the normal thing, which puts a little to me nervous¦ My format of notes is going to change significantly.
A smaller problem: when I arrive at house and review the writing, I am with that I am not going to remove too much benefit from the left zone to put short key words or phrases. Probably one is due to that I am using this method to take notes from subjects that or I know, which causes that my notes or are very outlined from the home. If I am not going to use that zone, I believe that it is enough to me with the one of down¦ What it takes first conclusion to me: if you already know the subject the chat, it does without the lateral space. Conferences of your field, congresses, sessions of experts¦ It is enough with letting a free strip down to write down conclusions.
Nevertheless, it seems to me a success of this method reserving spaces for summaries and keywords. When you study Medicine that space comes or to include anatomical drawings or schemes to accompany the writing in class. In fact, I used to indeed leave an ample margin to the left for that in my notes of the faculty (good, and to make cartoons of the professors, but that is another subject). But it seems to me useful to clearly separate the zone of notes and the one of summary with an air line, to be able to differently use thus each zone when reviewing.
If the class is something confused, it is possible that you must use the lateral zone to rewrite the subject, or even that you must pass the notes to clean or using notes of other years. At the outset it seems that much paper squanders, but I believe that if takings notes by hand is worth the trouble to prove the system. However, when search awhile of work to review the notes of all the classes of the day¦ that already is another history.
If takings notes in portable, it is not necessary to use a special group, because soon in your short while of study you will be able to modify and to complement the notes as much as you want and the software allows you that you are using. Although they say that way that to take notes in computer it does not allow to retain the equal information of good that if the takings by hand, but that is subject for another post.
HOW YOU ORGANIZE YOUR NOTES?
You use the folio in vertical as as much people, or you organize yourself differently?
Animate to you to share your experiences in the commentaries.