Taking Notes In Class with the Cornell Method?

Simplicated

macrumors 65816
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I know this might not be the best forum to ask, but this is the only message board I frequent. So please help me with this. :)

I have rarely taken separate notes before, since almost all of my lecturers print out the PowerPoint slides and read them aloud in class, with explanations added between points sometimes, so I used to just write my notes in the margins. I avoid taking notes with computers/tablets because I find them counterproductive.

Recently I came across the Cornell note-taking method and would like to adopt it. If I had to use this method, I would have to copy everything on the PowerPoint verbatim and add in the parts where the lecturers explain. Some lecturers tend to jump between points and slides, making the copying even harder (some of my lecturers don't even post the PowerPoint slides before the class).

Is there a better way to integrate my notes with the PowerPoint slides without copying everything? Thanks for your input!

TL;DR: How do you take notes in class with the Cornell note-taking method when printouts of PowerPoint slides are provided, and the lecturer just reads the slides?
 

rhett7660

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Jan 9, 2008
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You could just start with a blank paper, take notes on the items you see fit and then use the reference handout as just that, a reference. Refer to it in the beginning of the document: "See Handout ENG101A for further" etc. Then take your notes.

Just a suggestion.
 

sviato

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Your instructor seriously doesn't say ANYTHING that isn't on a PP slide? You're not getting your tuition money's worth, IMO.
I hate profs who teach mainly through slides. My fav profs have been the ones who've made the own lesson plans and actually talk and write stuff on the boards (although a lot of classmates found those classes more challenging, they were my highest marks).

What I do is write beside, under, or in the slides but also keep notes on paper for each lesson. Usually profs will go through slides, then do examples or cases and those I do on separate paper. I keep them organized in my binder like this: lecture slides -> lecture notes/cases -> tutorial stuff.
 

Simplicated

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Sep 20, 2008
1,423
252
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
You could just start with a blank paper, take notes on the items you see fit and then use the reference handout as just that, a reference. Refer to it in the beginning of the document: "See Handout ENG101A for further" etc. Then take your notes.

Just a suggestion.
That's a nice idea. Thanks! I'll try that in the next class.

Your instructor seriously doesn't say ANYTHING that isn't on a PP slide? You're not getting your tuition money's worth, IMO.
I don't live in the States and English is not the first language in my country (Nor is Newspeak if you are looking at my profile :p). Our instructors are required to use English to teach, but they are not very good at English. So they avoid speaking things that are not on the slides (to avoid embarrassment presumably?). This is also the reason why they never make cues like "more importantly", "most important", etc.

Of all the instructors I met, only three did not rely solely on PowerPoint slides.

I hate profs who teach mainly through slides. My fav profs have been the ones who've made the own lesson plans and actually talk and write stuff on the boards (although a lot of classmates found those classes more challenging, they were my highest marks).

What I do is write beside, under, or in the slides but also keep notes on paper for each lesson. Usually profs will go through slides, then do examples or cases and those I do on separate paper. I keep them organized in my binder like this: lecture slides -> lecture notes/cases -> tutorial stuff.
That's what I did today. I think it's more organized than my previous system, because I wrote EVERYTHING on the printouts.
 
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