AVID Notes

Horizon Middle School

AVID Notes

2019-2020 (Grades 6-8)

How to take Focused Notes:

Divide the paper into three sections.

Draw a dark horizontal line about 5 or 6 lines from the bottom. 
Draw a dark vertical line about 2 inches from the left side of the paper from the top to the horizontal line.
Write notes and Organize your Notes.
Listen & take notes in your own words

Paraphrase what you hear

Skip lines between ideas


Use symbols

Write in phrases

Use bullets/lists

Recognize cues

Review and clarify.

Review the notes as soon as possible after class.

Pull out main ideas, key points, dates, and people, and write these in the left column.


Write a summary of the main ideas or answers to the key questions in the bottom section.

To better understand the content being presented in their core subject areas, it is essential for students to learn to think critically and to ask higher levels of questions. By asking higher levels of questions, students deepen their knowledge and create connections to the material being presented, which in turn prepares them for the inquiry that occurs in tutorials. Students need to be familiar with Costa’s levels of questioning to assist them in formulating and identifying higher levels of questions.

Student Handout Cornell Note Taking Revision Checklist.pdf
Student Handout Costas Levels of Thinking.pdf

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