Free Cornell Note Forms for American Digest Readers

This is the shizznit! I'm swiping these for my statistics students, NOW.

Posted by slimedog at January 20, 2005 2:24 PM

Thanks! Do you have one for meetings? ;-)

Posted by Stephen B at January 20, 2005 5:23 PM

I feel like bragging.

I sometimes took notes, but later realized it interfered with my listening. I was listening for what to write down, instead of listening to what was actually said, the whole point.

So I stopped taking notes and listened, and always got A's because I had a good memory and I read the assigned texts.

Notes, when you're young and in college, are a waste of time. Practice listening carefully. That will do the trick.

Posted by mark butterworth at January 20, 2005 7:29 PM

Great system - I can see that it works for taking notes at the office and many other places - but it'll help my kids.


Posted by EagleSpeak at January 20, 2005 8:09 PM

what a great idea! thanks for sharing it. it may save my life.

oh, and for mark butterworth, when i was younger, i followed your system. but then i got older and the memory doesn't work as well, also switched to law where notes are one's life. and the older me found that i couldn't take adequate notes. like i said, this system may save my life. or at least make it easier.

Posted by pushkina at January 21, 2005 2:01 AM

Mark: That approach didn't work well for me when I was in college. I can listen to what a speaker is saying and remember it, but the information goes into short-term memory. Writing it down, for some reason, tends to activate my long-term memory. I often found that if I took notes, I ended up not needing them because I remembered what I wrote. If I didn't take notes, I found that I wished I had.

Just listening and remembering was sometimes good enough to get me through the next test, or even the final exam, but eventually that information vanished from my brain. On the other hand, I still have all my college notes and can refer to them if I need to.

Posted by Pat Berry at January 21, 2005 9:33 AM

if only we could have msword format of such note paper. As laptop is more wildely used in classroom, having such notepaper in editable word formate would be very much welcomed.

Posted by Robert at January 23, 2005 8:03 AM

Well, some have Word and some don't. I'm one that doesn't. Some have macs, some PCs, some linux, some other OS.

The PDF is pretty much the standard doc format these days and that's what it is. I'm sure some dedicated student can figure out how to do something similar in Word in about, oh, 10 seconds. (It is not exactly 'text-heavy.')

As they say at my step-son's pre-school (when he was in pre-school):
"You get what you get
and you don't throw a fit."

Posted by Van der Leun at January 23, 2005 8:10 AM

Whatever type of computer or software you want to use to take notes, you can recreate this form by making a table with two columns and two rows. This gives you four cells. Merge the bottom two cells to create the "Summary" cell. Move the line between the top two cells to the left to give the sized columns you wish. Click in the top right cell and start taking notes. Ta da! You can go back later the fill in the top left column.

Posted by Shauna at October 17, 2005 12:38 PM

I'm writing my thesis on the topic "What impact does Cornell Notes have on student learning?" If any of you have anything to contribute on this topic please forward them to me, your comments will be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Lee at December 4, 2005 5:53 PM

I have been teaching Cornell notes for 4 years.. The students like the notes because they are easier to study from than outline format. They know exactly where to find important info. Also the new content texts are organized into a Cornell friendly note taking format.


Posted by Mitzi Merek at May 11, 2006 12:40 PM

Great stuff! I can't wait to get to work Monday and try it out.

Posted by Dan at March 11, 2007 2:18 AM

want to see what it is like

Posted by calcin wood at September 18, 2007 10:49 AM

ive used cornell notes in high school and didnt like them at all. i thought they were stupid and why would i follow someone else's way of note taking when there my notes? well i never got onto liking cornell notes, but i did get used to taking them. it does help, though, to write a little summary at the end of note taking.

Posted by chelsea johnston at November 1, 2007 2:07 PM

Extremely helpful for me! Thanks for sharing~

Posted by momo at April 5, 2008 9:13 PM

Thanks for this, in English Class our instructor suggested we look this technique up. Thanks again!

Posted by at May 23, 2008 9:42 AM

Ba-da-BING! Exactly what I was looking for.

Posted by David D. at July 8, 2008 4:47 PM

nice! thanks.

Posted by pdwalker at September 29, 2008 7:27 PM

Wouldn't work for me. No place for doodles.

Posted by bour3 at September 29, 2008 8:30 PM

Vanderleun, I can't believe you're quitting blogging. I always enjoy your posts so much. You're #1! Please stay in the game.

Susan J.

Posted by Susan James at September 29, 2008 9:27 PM

Wow, no comments since '08. And apparently you were going to quit blogging.

Thanks for the notes. This will come in handy when I head back into the classroom in a few weeks.

Posted by Andy at September 1, 2016 3:14 PM

I've been using a modified form of this for meetings since 2008 with great success. Thanks GVDL.

Posted by el baboso at September 1, 2016 6:37 PM