I encourage my students to use the cornell note-taking method because it gives them an interactive guide to lectures, readings, and supplementary material. Surprisingly, most college students do not have a defined method of note-taking and the majority were never really “taught” how to take notes. In an ideal teaching environment, I’d love all my students to come knowing some kind of method; however, I spend the first day of class going over different methods. The one I advocate the most is Cornell. I find my students enjoy it more and stay with it the most. Providing a template and an example help tremendously. The example is found below; it uses Frye’s theory of symbol making as a reference.
Example of Cornell Note Taking: Heishman_Amy_Sample CornellNOtes