The most important aspect of going to lectures is the information you gain by attending — information you can't get anywhere else. And the best evidence that you've gained anything is having useful and complete notes. This review will provide some advice about what you should be getting out of lectures as well as methods for improving your ability to take useful notes.
What Are Lectures For?
Lectures are where professors focus your attention on those topics that are most relevant of the course, and where they show you how to think about those topics so you will succeed.
Thus, there are two major responsibilities in lecture:
There are many good ways to prepare for lecture:
Consider the material and the method in which the material is presented.
How Can I Get This Information Into My Notes?
Practice the habits of a successful student:
Try to improve your understanding: