VCE Note-taking tips and tricks

The Cornell method is a way of taking notes to increase your results at the end of the unit, in the examination or in a school assessed coursework task. It taps in to the information that Elevate Education presented to you in Study Sensei (year 10) Memory and Mnemonics (Year 11) and Ace Your Exams (Year 12).

Wikipedia explains the method here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornell_Notes (accessed 8 March 2017).

You can make your own pages in a style that suits you in Word (handy if you use the reference generator to create your reference lists for assignments): https://www.timeatlas.com/cornell-note-template/

Or for a range of papers: https://www.wyzant.com/resources/lessons/study-skills/cornell-notes has a generator to personalize your note-taking paper.

Here is a first-hand account of how and why a post graduate student at the highest level of study uses this method:

https://thesiswhisperer.com/2012/12/12/turn-your-notes-into-writing-using-the-cornell-method/

This is a good method for note-taking as you read information – for example as you read your English texts or sections of your Geography, History or Science text books.

Notes taken in this manner lead to written responses that are in your own words and demonstrate your understanding. Your results will be better and your brain will have had more exercise.

When it comes to revision, using Cornell note pages will guide your flash card development, revision sheets, and mind maps.

Why not give it a go!

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