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Cornell Notes



Full course description

Course Introduction

This course will guide you through how to take better notes for your classes--on readings, watching videos, and in class.  It will specifically guide you through the Cornell method developed by Dr. Walter Paulk.  Research has shown that note-taking improves learning. 

Course Objectives

After completing this course,  you will be able to:

  • Summarize the importance of note-taking in college (lecture, reading, research)

  • Distinguish between effective note-taking and less effective note-taking

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to take notes using the Cornell note-taking method

Module Topics

  • The Importance of Note-taking
  • Cornell Note-taking
  • How to Use the Cornell Note-taking Method

Meet the Designers

The Cornell Note-taking module was developed by the UITS eLearning Design group (special thanks to Alexandria Fox) and is maintained by the Indiana University Office of Completion and Student Success.

Questions? Email


Length: 30 minutes


University Academic Affairs (OCSS) & UITS


Credit: None


Audience: New and continuing students at Indiana University

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