There are various instructions on note-taking; one is a book by Jean-Francois Rozan; Note-taking in Consecutive Interpreting. A simpler instruction is the Cornell method summarized below. It’s destribed in Walter Pauk’s book How to Study in College.

Rozan’s 7 principles

noting the idea, not the word

abbreviation rules





Rozan’s 20 symbols

general principles

symbols of expression

symbols of motion

symbols of correspondence

symbols for things

Cornell method by Walter Pauk

2 columns

Divide the paper into two columns: the right-hand note-taking column is twice the size of the questions/keyword column, which is on the left, creating something like a FAQ layout. Leave out five to seven lines, or about 5 cm at the bottom of the page.


Notes from a text, recording or lecture are written in the note-taking column; they consist of the main ideas of and longer ideas are paraphrased, symbols or abbreviations are used as much as possible.

keywords, questions

Relevant questions or keywords - which are recorded asap, are written in the left-hand keyword column.


When reviewing cover the note-taking (right) column while answering the questions/keywords in the keyword or cue (left) column. Reflect on the material and review the notes regularly.