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Notes: Take Them, Use Them

On this page, you'll find tips and strategies to help you refine your note-taking skills. 

It’s how you use your notes later that will determine their value. It’s not enough to take the notes, you have to use the notes.

If you review your notes within a day or so of taking them, you could retain 40% more than if you wait a week. So if you wait until Saturday to look at Monday’s notes, you will have to re-learn a fair chunk of Monday.

Note-Taking Guides

Note-Taking Guide for Online Classes (PDF) How to Take Effective Lecture Notes (PDF)
The Cornell Method of Taking Notes (PDF)  

Note-Taking Templates

General Note-Taking Template (PDF)
A template students can use for courses that assign readings.
STEM Note-Taking Template (PDF)
A template students can use for STEM courses that assign textbook readings.
Cornell Note-Taking Paper (link to website)
A free tool to generate Cornell lined graph paper based on the student's preference.