Why take notes?
Research indicates that unrehearsed information is forgotten in as little as 20 seconds and almost half of what is learned is forgotten within an hour. Taking notes using the Cornell method is a great way to capture the most important information while reading texts or listening to a lecture. Furthermore, it helps you retain more of what you learn.
Cornell notes were originally developed by Walter Pauk at Cornell University in the 1950s in response to his student failing his classes. By changing the way students were required to take notes in his class, Pauk was able to help his students improve their grades. Cornell notes include a section for questions, notes, and a summary.