If there was a top ten list of things that I work on with my study skills coaching clients, note taking would hold several of the spots on the list. This skill seems to be lacking in the majority of students and it is definitely lacking in the curriculum of middle and high schools across the nation. Having said that, note taking is also one of the biggest "bang for your buck" study skills that provides an almost instant return on your investment.
Some students can get by with less than stellar, or lack of, note taking in high school. Once they hit college, this doesn't cut the mustard however and they suffer the consequence of falling behind with the vast amount of information they are responsible for.
Take 15 minutes to learn the basics of note taking.
Begin IMMEDIATELY to take control of the overwhelming amount of information you need to remember in school and spend less time studying.