Dynamic Learning: Active Learning and Cornell Notes

Dynamic Learning is the series title for a new set films we’re currently developing and rolling-out related to the psychology of learning.

The films are designed to give students practical, science-based, advice about a wide range of study techniques – from how to revise more-effectively using techniques like Spaced Learning and Retrieval Practice to, as with the third film in series, how to take more active and effective notes using the Cornell system.

Rather than mirror the didactic approaches of many past and present study skills films, Dynamic Learning is designed to be:

  • informative – suggesting, for example, key study opportunities students might want to try that are backed by scientific research – and

  • supportive: the focus is on how and why students might like to try different study techniques.

In relation to note-taking – one of the most important skills students need to understand and apply – most of us tend to write simple linear notes.

And while there’s nothing wrong with this method, there is a way to improve the quality of student note-taking that makes it more active, inquiring and revision-friendly.

Without radically changing how they take notes.

It’s called the Cornell Method and it’s been helping to improve academic performance for over 50 years.

This short film takes students through the simple steps they need to follow to transform the way they take notes and improve their chances of academic success.

Check-out the other films in the Dynamic Learning series:

The Power of Habits

Sleep and Memory

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