Guided Notes vs Flash Cards vs Cornell Notes

Typically, study material used by students or shared by teachers exist in 3 key formats.

Classmint Team decided to dissect these stuff to figure out realities of various study note formats.

Lets try to understand pros and cons of each method and their usefulness in studying.

Guided Notes:

  • Very easy to create
  • Many free software/services available for the same.
  • Good for note-taking purpose.
  • Offers good context for learning.
  • Hard to revise but easy to reuse if taken properly.

Flash Cards

  • Very hard to create because one has to summarize and divide knowledge.
  • Many free software/services available for the same.
  • Good for revising and mastering the content.
  • Doesn’t offer context for learning. Easy to revise by hard to reuse.

Cornell Notes

  • Hard to create as it involves diving knowledge in left and right sections.
  • Not many software/services available for the same. Largely taken offline.
  • Great for revising and mastering material.
  • Offers context for learning. Easy to revise and reuse.
  • Software to create them almost non-existent.

We chose Cornell Notes as default format of Classmint Study Notes because:

  • Easier to create as compared to flash cards
  • It has better context as compared to flash cards.
  • It’s reusable e.g. One can use a friend’s notes for study.
  • Can be folded and also played like flash cards.
  • It looks beautiful.

What study notes format do you use? Have you tried Cornell Notes?

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