Note Taking


        To investigate and practice the Cornell method of effective note taking

        To increase awareness of active listening techniques and strategies


        To demonstrate more effective note-taking through the use of systematic active listening and note-taking methods



Read the following article on effective listening and note taking:  Click here:


New Instruction:

  1. Read this section on the Cornell method of note taking.  Using a clean sheet of lined paper, create an example of this note-taking method.  Click here:

  2. Read the following article on active listening.  Write down five major aspects of effective listening.  Click here:

  3. To practice listening and note-taking skills, complete at least five of the following short activities.  Click here:

  4. If you frequently take notes IN your textbooks, read the following article on marking and underlining texts.  Practice this technique on two textbook pages.  Click here:

Feedback and Review:


Use your active listening and note-taking skills for two classroom meetings.  Afterwards, show your notes to your instructor for feedback and discussion.  

  1. How did using these skills affect your classroom experience? 

  2. How will studying change with more detailed notes?

Transfer of Knowledge or Skills:

  1. Practice using active listening with family and friends.  How does being an active listener change your relationships?  Share these techniques with others.

  2. Use active listening and a systematic note-taking method to record information from a news/radio show or video lesson.  How does this system affect your concentration and recall of facts?


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