Cornell Notes are great for students to keep themselves organized and allow students to be more structured. On the "smaller left-hand" side, students are able to ask questions, paraphrase important ideas, or their "Ah-ha" moments. Students should use their notes to record key vocabulary, facts, important notes, and examples on the "larger right-hand" column. After notes are complete, students summarize the text on the bottom in few sentences to explain what they learned.
Students refer back to their Cornell Notes to review concepts, class discussions, and prepare for exams. The Cornell Notes can also be used as a tool for formative/informative assessments.