To help you organize notes.
Divide the paper into three sections.
• Draw a dark horizontal line about 5 or 6 lines from the bottom. Use a heavy
magic marker so that it is clear.
• Draw a dark vertical line about 2 inches from the left side of the paper from the
top to the horizontal line.
• Write course name, date and topic at the top of each page
• The large box to the right is for writing notes.
• Skip a line between ideas and topics
• Don't use complete sentences. Use abbreviations, whenever possible. Develop a
shorthand of your own, such as using & for the word "and".
Review and clarify
• Review the notes as soon as possible after class.
• Pull out main ideas, key points, dates, and people, and write them in the left
• Write a summary of the main ideas in the bottom section.
Study your notes
• Reread your notes in the right column.
• Spend most of your time studying the ideas in the left column and the summary at
the bottom. These are the most important ideas and will probably include most of
the information that will be tested.
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Q Notes combines two well-known and powerful methods: SQ3R and Cornell Notes. It is called “Q Notes” because you can
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must know. When using these notes to study, fold the right-edge of the paper over so that it lines up with the dotted line. You
should then only be able to see your questions in the Q-column. Use these to Q-uiz yourself.