The Cornell notes method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes. The student divides the paper into two columns – the note taking columns and the question columns. Notes from a lecture are taken on a note-taking column that consists of the main idea of the text. The Cornell note taking system is a note taking system devised in the 1950s by Walter Pauk an educational professor at the Cornell University. It is a widely used system for noting materials from lecture or a reading and for reviewing and retaining that material. There are six steps to take Cornell notes.