I have to say, note taking in college is not even close to high school. When you go to class on the first day and your professor is flying through the powerpoint, you feel as if you are missing out on so much information! Let me tell you now, you’re not the only one with this problem, but it does get easier!
First of all, make sure you are prepared for your lecture! If you professor puts notes or lectures online, it may be beneficial to print those out and take them with you to class, or listen to the lecture before hand and take a few notes! This makes lecture much easier because you already know what will be discussed that day and you can focus on what your professor is talking about (because honestly that will probably be the stuff that will be on the exam).
But what if your professor does not give you any information prior to lecture? Then you need to go to class with an open mind! When the lecture starts make sure you have something out to take notes, whether it be a notebook, tablet, or laptop, just be prepared! At the top or your notes write the lecture title and date to make sure you can keep your notes organized all semester! As the lecture goes on write important topics or questions the professor states and expand upon those as the lecture goes on. I first you may become frantic, but it is important to stay relaxed and don’t feel like you have to write everything down, only main topics.
Once starting this process you may become extremely stressed, but it is important to remember that the more you do it the easier it will get. Having organized notes is important because it sets you up for success studying later in the semester. It will be easier to find your notes and recognize the important points! This is a skill that once mastered, will benefit you forever!