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Cornell Notes

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Why do we use Cornell Notes?

  1. Allows us to tackle large pieces of text or information
  2. Helps you to reduce that information into the key points you need
  3. Helps you to write key questions and answers from the information
  4. Can be transferred to Revision Cards easily to help build knowledge

How do we make Cornell Notes?

1. Start with a piece of paper and your text or video
  • section it off into the ‘Title, Notes, Cues and Summary
  • get your text or video ready
2. Read the text or watch the video in full and then section it off into parts - these will focus on a different aspect each
3. For each part, re-read and summarise it into one or two short sentences - write this in the notes section
4. Then move to the Cue section - for each short sentence, reduce that to a few words
5. Once you have completed the Cue section, re-read it all and either:
  • write 3 questions and answers that sum up all the information
  • OR summarise it into a few sentences.


Original Text = Photosynthesis is a process used by plants and other organisms to convert light energy into chemical energy that, through cellular respiration, can later be released to fuel the organism's metabolic activities. This chemical energy is stored in carbohydrate molecules, such as sugars (glucose) and starches, which are synthesised from carbon dioxide and water. In most cases, oxygen is also released as a waste product

Notes = Photosynthesis uses energy to change carbon dioxide and water into glucose and oxygen

Cues = carbon dioxide + water    glucose + oxygen

Summary =   Q. What is produced during photosynthesis? A. sugar + oxygen

Q. What does Photosynthesis need to work? A. sunlight