As an AVID teacher, I stress the importance of Cornell Style notes in biology. This style gets the students thinking a little more about the content – and thinking about what the teacher may ask for questions in the future – as they develop questions about their notes.
Many students tend to FREAK OUT when they hear the term “Cornell Notes”. Part of this is because they tend to think that the teacher is going to dictate every aspect of their note taking. I do not dictate how students take their notes. I will provide options on note taking skills for students, but if students have a way to take notes that works for them, I allow them to take notes in which ever format (bullets, numbering, diagramming, etc) works best for them. The only think I ask students is that they do not take notes in complete sentences; complete sentences are summaries, not notes.