The process of learning new information includes: the preparation, the actual act of taking in information, and reviewing information.
Minimize distraction during lecture.
Instead of writing down what is on the slides try to put it in your own words so you have two different ways of describing the same concept. (You can later do side by side comparison of ppt vs. notes for studying)
Don't copy word for word, write down terminology, use brief explanations.
Use abbreviations or symbols Ex) w/, &, b/t, imp., comp.
Pay attention, if your professor repeats the same thing twice it's probably important.
Don't be afraid to ask questions, your question might help somebody else (if you feel like something isn't relevant or off-topic ask your professor if that is something they will test over)
Active vs. Passive Reading
Summarize large chunk of text that you read or even from your own notes. It will easily jog your memory and save you the re-read.
Create your own visual graphics to help you better memorize large concepts such as the functional groups.
Jot down questions you may have from reading or unclear concepts so you can later ask professor for clarification.
Look for bold, italic words to recognize important terms
Use chapter outlines, titles, etc, to take away main ideas.
Make your own questions from readings to later quiz yourself on important topics
Highlight, use sticky notes for important terminology.
Outline: running list of statements that captures the main idea and supporting ideas.
Cornell: (split page method) notes on the right, questions on the left, and summary at the bottom
Mapping: lecutre in the form of a visual graphic such as a flow chart, concept/mind map etc.
Help with Note-taking
Use Echo360 if a teacher provides that
Print out your lectures notes ahead of time
Record the lectures if the professor doesn't provide the PowerPoint (some will literally not give you anything)
Use each other to compare notes
Follow up with your notes, and keep them organized