How to Take Great Notes - Study Tips - How to be a Great Student - Cornell Notes

  • Published on Aug 3, 2016
  • Do you take notes in class? Are they actually helpful for you? Let's learn about the CORNELL METHOD of note-taking. This is a great method for taking notes in class (or from your textbook, or watching a video). There's no way to remember every word of a lecture. But taking great lecture notes is the first step to getting good grades and being a great student.
    The most important rule is don't write down every word. Listen carefully, then write simplified and abbreviated phrases that capture the main ideas.
    When you get home, RE-READ your notes! Proofread them, making corrections as needed before you forget. Check your notes with a friend! In the margin, write brief headers that will cue your memory of each section of your notes.
    Finally, write a summary at the bottom of the page so you can quickly tell what this page of notes is all about.
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Comments • 248

  • Socratica
    Socratica  2 months ago +2

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    • B chavez
      B chavez 9 days ago


    • B chavez
      B chavez 9 days ago

      My teacher is beautiful

    • Adam
      Adam 2 months ago

      But not cool

    • Adam
      Adam 2 months ago

      Socratica cool

  • Mayank Tiwari
    Mayank Tiwari 9 days ago

    i can't take notes and focus on what the teacher is saying at the same time... only one thing at a time.

  • Willian Cabral
    Willian Cabral 10 days ago

    Eu não to entendendo nada, cadê a tecla SAP?!?!

  • Henrique Mendes
    Henrique Mendes 20 days ago

    A pobreza da língua portuguesa, leva uma brasileira nativa a abandonar o canal em sua língua materna por falta de recursos e procura nossa, e dedica se em um idioma estrangeiro. Pobre flôr do lácio.

    • Bruno Mohallem Paiva
      Bruno Mohallem Paiva 16 days ago

      Procure na Wikipedia sobre ela, o nome dela é Liliana Castro. Ela é filha de um diplomata brasileiro e de uma Argentina. Ela tem tripla nacionalidade e já morou em diversos países, tendo sido educada durante a infância em inglês. Ela atuou no Brasil como atriz por diversos anos, e atualmente mora em LA.

  • Chocolate muffin
    Chocolate muffin Month ago

    I really want more of these

  • Frank Yin
    Frank Yin Month ago

    Why i deem you look like a goddess?😁

  • Jerry Gundecker
    Jerry Gundecker Month ago

    Socratica: Have you thought about a peice on how to write a thesis/story/op-ed? Hope you will.
    There are videos about those, but your work always makes more sense and is farther reaching. Cheers.

    • Socratica
      Socratica  Month ago

      We are always collecting ideas - thank you! We do have a video in the works on how to write an essay. 💜🦉

  • Ameelia K
    Ameelia K Month ago +4

    This would also work for reading a text book, especially a book from the library that I can't highlight. Plus a section for my own ideas and connections to things previously learned because few things trigger own ideas like reading.

    • Socratica
      Socratica  Month ago +2

      Great ideas - thanks for sharing! 💜🦉

  • Zakir Ullah
    Zakir Ullah 2 months ago +2

    You are one of my favourite female teacher through TheXvid.And i have learned much more things from your videos
    Thank you ❤

  • SenPai Beats
    SenPai Beats 2 months ago

    good video but i think you're forgetting notepads are outdated

  • xybersurfer
    xybersurfer 2 months ago

    i don't think this is practical for very technical lectures. you would have to know which parts to summarize and keep up with the lecture. all while hearing it for the first time. to be honest, i think everyone needs to start recording their lectures

  • Lio Jio
    Lio Jio 2 months ago

    berry helpful

  • Rocky P
    Rocky P 2 months ago

    Use the Cornell notes to explain with Feynman Technique

  • Stranger Dawn
    Stranger Dawn 2 months ago

    oh this is just amazing, I'm a worry-wart so I put myself into a situation that always has me with a large workload. This will definitely help me to lessen my work!

  • Jerry Gundecker
    Jerry Gundecker 2 months ago +1

    I'm a great student and it's all your fault.

    • Socratica
      Socratica  2 months ago +1

      Best comment 💜🦉
      (We're so glad you're watching)

  • Dodor Sub
    Dodor Sub 2 months ago

    A quantidade de manginas nos comentários é de causar atordoamento. Vão arrumar o que fazer babões nojentos.

  • Danneo
    Danneo 2 months ago

    80/20 Rule
    80% of the information can be found in 20% of the source

  • Rafael Lima de Souza
    Rafael Lima de Souza 3 months ago

    Very nice!!!! Thx

  • Marcus Davenport
    Marcus Davenport 3 months ago

    I prefer to record it all... then you can pause and rewind... Otherwise you'll always have gaps in your memory that you can't pull up.
    With this method each student gets less information over time.... the game of telephone and eventually the students will become absolutely empty.... somewhat like today.

  • hussein ahmed
    hussein ahmed 3 months ago +1

    What if the lecture or the subject is filled with equations and relations , should I write all relations in notes , or write the really important ones and make another sheet for all relations I will need?
    That's mostly my problem with notes , my lectures are usually full of relations and idk what to do with them in notes

    • xybersurfer
      xybersurfer 2 months ago

      yeah. i've had the same problem

  • gwidiwichcapitalist rippingoffpeasants

    can this work for advanced math classes?

  • Su Su San
    Su Su San 3 months ago

    Can someone please answer me which study tool is better; Feynman technique or Cornell Notes for studying textbook? Thanks!

  • Muhammad Junaid Ali
    Muhammad Junaid Ali 3 months ago


  • Rohit Nandam
    Rohit Nandam 3 months ago

    Thanks for this Valuable information.
    Loved this technique.

  • Haim Ben Avraham
    Haim Ben Avraham 3 months ago

    Personally I find taking notes during a lecture is distracting. It's for me, better, to first listen carefully and afterwards make notes with research. Listening well to music can train our mind to listen carefully and attentively to lectures. The ancients knew how.

  • Shad Arf
    Shad Arf 3 months ago

    Brilliant :)

  • suspended suplex channel
    suspended suplex channel 3 months ago +1

    Mesmerizing idea

  • Isaías Santos
    Isaías Santos 3 months ago

    Vim pelo Quora 🤧🤧🤧

  • Christian Daryll Jebone
    Christian Daryll Jebone 3 months ago +2

    here from hillsdale high to do some capstone work, let's go dood.

  • Jerry Gundecker
    Jerry Gundecker 4 months ago

    In college, I would wake up early the morning after class and type my notes.
    It was easy to recall nearly everything that was said the next morning--I don't know why.
    You might try it. We had to hand in our notes for part of the grade, so I would make a copy.

  • Shaun McAlister
    Shaun McAlister 4 months ago

    So helpful. Thank you!

  • Prismolly
    Prismolly 4 months ago +2

    I think there might be something wrong with my head. When they move on to the next part but I can't write what I was thinking previously, it all slips out and I lose complete track of what I was writing/thinking.....

  • Zouhair Lakhlifi
    Zouhair Lakhlifi 4 months ago


  • sabirko
    sabirko 4 months ago

    So the summary column should be at every page, thus we get a summary of every pages in those columns? Or should it be at the end of a lecture with the summary of whole lecture ?

    • sabirko
      sabirko 4 months ago

      @Socratica thank you!

    • Socratica
      Socratica  4 months ago

      Great question! In the traditional Cornell method, you do write a summary for every page of notes at the bottom of that page. That way you can quickly see what that particular page of notes is about. But adding another summary for a whole lecture at the end of your notes is a great idea. See if that works for you!

  • Su Su San
    Su Su San 5 months ago

    Please answer me. I appreciate how you make taking lecture notes so much easier but I have a question. How can I take notes from the textbook using this same Cornell Method when there's no one lecturing behind? Should I get a text to speech converter to work the same or jus read a chunk by myself and then take notes? Will I be able to pinpoint what to put in my notes when I take notes from a textbook where no one else is giving a lecture just like in the video?

    • Socratica
      Socratica  5 months ago

      We wrote a blog post you might find helpful:
      Thanks for watching!!

  • Karpou
    Karpou 5 months ago

    Thx, i used to not know how to take notes i end up copying the whole text book.

  • beastbuilder
    beastbuilder 8 months ago

    Wow thank you guys this has been the best note taking technique explanory video i´ve seen yet
    Especially the part where you did like cornell note taking in action (very cool idea)
    Even though i´m fasting in the Ramadan months which means i´m very calm
    I could not help myself and and got very angry about my past school teachers and asked myself why the heck
    they didnt teach those kind of techniques instead of SQ4R, SQ3R acronym driven techniques or
    Quotes like: "you dont have learn the mathematical formula by heard, you have to understand it" wow thanks

    All the best for you and best wishes

  • Jonathan Smith
    Jonathan Smith 8 months ago

    I'm not asserting that re-reading and summarizing can't be beneficial. But there are studies that suggest that those methods are considered low utility. High utility methods include practice tests, spatial, and active recall.

  • Andrew Augusto
    Andrew Augusto 8 months ago

    Pq o canal em ingles?

  • Ymegoogle
    Ymegoogle 8 months ago

    I do not like using abbreviations in notes. This might work when you review material after +- a month, but i often have to review my maths notes for techniques i learned a couple of years ago, and i wish i wouldn't have used abbreviations

    • Ymegoogle
      Ymegoogle 8 months ago

      So the take home message should be; use abbreviations... But use them wisely ;)

    • Socratica
      Socratica  8 months ago +1

      We sometimes go overboard, too! One time we found "Cx" in our notes and could not figure out what that was. It stood for "microbiological culture." Terrible abbreviation!!!

  • chandra poshala
    chandra poshala 9 months ago +3

    Thank you I have been searching this video for over a week now. P.S I learned 100 digits of pi from you

    • Socratica
      Socratica  9 months ago

      That's amazing!! Well done!! 💜🦉

  • Renato Britto Araujo
    Renato Britto Araujo 9 months ago +1

    I've never seen an example of how to take notes like that, at first they just seemed clunky but now they make a lot of sense. Just awesome. Thanks.

  • Divya Singh
    Divya Singh 9 months ago

    Wonderful technique...Thank u so much Mam....,, Please make more videos on maths,, helps me a lot as I am pursuing Masters in Mathematics.... Thank u so much

  • محمد بن إسماعيل المغربي

    Love you socratica ❤
    Best channel!

  • Okto Putsch
    Okto Putsch 9 months ago

    Now, dear viewers, let's playback the video and ... Take notes !

  • abhishek kumar
    abhishek kumar 10 months ago

    Thanks for useful tricks

  • Rodrigo Oliveira
    Rodrigo Oliveira 10 months ago


  • Vipul
    Vipul 10 months ago

    Which microphone do you use?

  • Cédric Ly
    Cédric Ly 10 months ago

    Awesome video! Thank you so much! I used it on an audiobook, and got to really pin down the main points of the chapter, and I can already tell that it would be far easier for me to teach it to someone after I've used this technique. I'll be using it a lot more often, even though I'm not a college student. The beauty of this is that it applies to anything you want to learn, not just a college class.

  • Chandra V
    Chandra V 10 months ago

    F***, i finished all my school. Wish this guidance was there like 20 years ago!

  • Lyle Chen
    Lyle Chen 11 months ago +1

    Thank you. And new skill learnt.

    • Lyle Chen
      Lyle Chen 11 months ago +1

      @Socratica ^ω^

    • Socratica
      Socratica  11 months ago +1

      That's wonderful to hear!! Thanks for letting us know - that really inspires us to make more videos. :D

  • Siddhant Chaudhary
    Siddhant Chaudhary 11 months ago

    before study and I meditate and make my tuition students to do the same.

    • Siddhant Chaudhary
      Siddhant Chaudhary 11 months ago

      Ya, mam. Have u made meditation as to run one of the period In yr institution ?

    • Socratica
      Socratica  11 months ago

      A wonderful way to work.

  • Light House Of World
    Light House Of World 11 months ago

    I love you maam

  • Daniel
    Daniel Year ago

    Help me!! I started with this video, and now I can’t stop watching Socratica. Not only I’m deeply in love with her (platonically, of course) but I think Algebra is awesome.

    HULKITUP Year ago

    Amazing! So glad I found this channel! 💪🏾

  • sheelendra kumar
    sheelendra kumar Year ago

    Tom cruise sister is found now..

    ZERO ONE Year ago

    Who else takes Digital Notes!!

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  • jianzhong huang
    jianzhong huang Year ago

    That's what i want which can helps me to take notes. Thank you!!! Right Now, i will use this method for my lifetime study.

  • Su Su San
    Su Su San Year ago

    Hi Socratica, thanks for the video, but I have some questions to ask.
    Q1: I don't really get it when someone say "key point". So, at 1:10, when you said to write just the "Key points", does it mean to write "what we think are important information/point" in a paragraph of an important section in a chapter?
    Q2: Can I also take notes in outline method format in the note-taking section of the Cornell Notes?
    Q3: Every time we take notes in the note-taking section of the Cornell notes, are we supposed to take notes in our own words?
    Q4: In some Cornell Note tutorials that I have seen, they tell us to take note of major points of a lecture in the CUE column first then, take note of information that support each major point on the left side in the note-taking section. However, in most of the Cornell Notes tutorials, including your video, they tell is to take notes in the note-taking section first and then write some main ideas in the CUE column. Which style is correct? Cue first or Note-taking section first?
    Q5: When you summarize at the bottom, were you summarizing the information from the note-taking section or from both cue and note-taking columns?
    Q6: In this video, you taught us to take notes during a lecture. How to take notes with Cornell Notes when reading a textbook?
    I hope you will help me clarify. Thank you!