Cornell Note-taking system

Cornell Note-taking System

I’ve been using the Cornell Note-taking system since a little over an year now and I can say that it has been pretty good. If you don’t know what it is, check out the 4 min video above.

Luckily, the reMarkable 2 tablet ships with with a Cornell Note-taking system template and that worked out perfectly well for me. I mostly find myself using it while reading technical papers, tracking new project onboarding, learning new technologies etc. It works well for gaining clarity around a concept that you’re trying to grasp. As the video suggests, it’s easy to implement on a plain paper.


4 responses to “Cornell Note-taking System”

  1. Do you use it for note taking when studying something new or day to day note taking?

    Also how do you end up using the Cue section? This is my first time learning about this note taking technique.

    1. I use it mostly when learning something new. This doesn’t work well for day to day note taking.

      Cue section is where I typically write down my questions (aspects that I don’t understand) and ideas (what I could refer to better understand or what to check or where I could apply what I’m learning).

      Here’s a blog post on Box that does a decent job of explaining the various note taking systems along with their pros and cons.

      1. Thanks, read thru that and all I got was “why does Sentencing method exist?” 😀

        Now I’m curious which would work for me, I did try the mapping method with zettlekasten but didn’t stick with it long enough. I am gonna try the cornell method for learning something new.

        1. 😂 Yeah, the key thing is to know when to use the method to get the most out of it. I’ve tried a few others and most of them just feel like a time commitment with very little ROI.


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