THIS IS IMPORTANT! Learn several different methods for taking notes, and know when to use each of the top five systems. (Some are best for lectures, some are best for reflection, some are best for recall/response… you get the idea.) Here is an overview of the top five note taking methods and strategies from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Massey University. And here are more detailed examples of all five note taking methods from University of Redlands.
Just in! Here’s another site with a collection of various note taking techniques with clear guidelines and examples titled “Note Taking Methods for Effective Learning: 40 Best Templates.” Check it out… you’ll find just a technique that will work for you!