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ESL Resources for Students: Note-taking

ESL Resources for Students is divided into skill areas of language-learning, similar to the kinds of ESL courses at DUQ. Use the guide at your own speed: select just the resources you like best to help you practice.

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Use the Cornell Method for Note-taking

The Cornell Method for Note-taking is very efficient way to organize information from class, books you read, videos you watch, etc.

You can make any notebook ready to take notes this way by:

  • making a column on the side for main ideas or topics
  • making an area at the bottom for a summary of your notes (do this after class when you study).

Also, practice using abbreviations as you take notes.


Playing educational games is a fun and effective way to learn anything!

There are many games in the Curriculum Center at the Gumberg Library that help you practice your grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, pronunciation, and more. And you may take them home!

Find Games at Gumberg Library

Online Note-taking Tips

"Note Taking" by kizzzbeth is licensed under a CC 2.0 Attribution