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Note-taking in college classes can be a challenge at first. Master it. This is a skill that will certainly benefit you. Try using an outline format and leaving out the ands, buts, its and so forth. Develop a few of your own common abbreviations. Write down all points emphasized verbally by the instructor and anything the instructor writes on the board. Look at your notes later the same day, before you forget that day's class content, and complete them if they aren't clear. In time, you'll see improvement. If you need more help learning to take good notes, see a counselor and you may want to read up on skills for college. A good resource is, "Becoming a Master Student," by Dave Ellis -- a book that many successful students have used.