« on: April 16, 2009, 07:15:33 AM »
Ultimately, what you do should what works best for you/what you feel most comfortable with. There is no one way to take notes.
What ultimately worked best for me was this: I used my laptop and took notes in OneNote. I loved the organization features. I busted my ass doing my class reading and took excellent and thorough reading notes. Then, when I was in class, I would highlight topics from the reading my professor emphasized and added things that were missing. I ended up taking down relatively few notes, as most of the information was already there. And I did surf the internet/played solitaire while I was sitting in class.
But this worked for me because I learn best while reading and taking notes. Class just gave some additional focus and narrowed down the information from the reading.
Other people, especially those who are advising you to never, never do anything in class other than giving 100% attention to the professor, may learn best in lecture.
So go back to the prelaw boards, have some fun for the next few months, but think about what classes you did best in while in undergrad and how those classes were set up. This way you can get an idea of what type of learning style suits you best.