Why Students Hate Cornell Notes

Middle school and high school students often are told they must write notes using the Cornell Note Taking method. Why do so many students hate writing notes in this manner?  Let’s explore the reasons behind the dislike of Cornell notes and if their might be a better notetaking system.   Marni Pasch -Academic Coach Team- Pasch Academic Coach  Podcast School Counselor Gone Rogue   www.teampasch.com




Let’s talk about Note Taking

If you are a teacher you may have requested your students turn in notes or use the Cornell Note format. If you are a parent, you have may have seen zeros on your teenager’s notebook check assignments. If you are a student you may already be seeing red at the mention of Cornell notes.

Why do teachers assign Cornell Notes and what is the point when so many students protest their use? I have yet to meet a student that loved having their teacher critique their note taking system.

So let’s chat about it! In this episode of School Counselor Gone Rogue, we talk about why Cornell Notes frustrate students and why notes are graded.

The benefits of note taking include: memorization, study tools and organization. There is no doubt that note-taking has a purpose in school work and studying. My curiosity is sparked by the insistence of students being graded on notes IF the notes are not showing an improvement of test scores and how it is helpful to learning if you are expected to take notes in one form- that clearly isn’t useful to everyone.

Listen to this week’s episode above and share your thoughts in the School Counselor Gone Rogue Facebook Group.

Show Notes

  • What is the most hated form of note taking among my academic coaching students ? Cornell notes! We discuss why.

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  • Why do teachers continue to assign note-taking formats?

  • What are Cornell Notes and what is the Structure?

  • Does note-taking limit student’s abilities to listen?

  • We need to assess student’s individual note taking styles based on how effective they are.

  • Why do we need to impose a notes system on students if their strategies are working?

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    3 key Points

    1. Cornell notes are rarely explained in a way that makes any sense.

    2. Grading students on notetaking seems more destructive than constructive.

    3. The purpose of note-taking should be learning, and the proof should be whether or not your system is getting you good grades.

    What is the number one form of note taking my students hate? Cornell notes.  Why do we hate them? I have no clue - but we are going to talk about it.  Check out episode 031 of School Counselor Gone Rogue - Why Students Hate Cornell Notes  Check out School Counselor Gone Rogue on Itunes,Stitcher or Google Play or check out the website and show notes!

    Tweetable Qoutes

    • “Even though students hate Cornell Notes, teachers continue to assign them, I wanted to find out why.” -Marni Pasch , Academic Coach, School Counselor Gone Rogue

    • “If I’m supposed to be learning, why are you telling me what to write (on Cornell notes)” -School Counselor Gone Rogue, Ep 031

    • “Why do we insist that students write things down in exactly the way that the teacher thinks is best?” - Marni Pasch host of School Counselor Gone Rogue


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    In Closing

    It took me years to discover how Cornell notes might be useful - and until I had that AH HA moment - I glared at the mere thought of notes. How can we help students adapt not only a system of note taking that works, but one that works for their unique style?

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    Marni Pasch| Host of School Counselor Gone Rogue| Academic Coach | Team Pasch Academic Coaching

    I work with students in grades 6th and higher, who struggle with academic confidence and motivation. I help them survive school with less stress by helping them create concrete goals, tackle procrastination and learn creative study techniques. I empower students to take charge of their education and reach their goals. I do this through individual or group coaching so students achieve success in life, school, career readiness and their social endeavors.

    Marni Pasch - Academic Coach, Orlando, Florida - working with students virtually across the country