So, from comments on SFS this past semester, it seems as if our grad students are having trouble taking notes. Here are some sites with tips on Graduate School and Note Taking. Just to let you know, you are not supposed to write exactly word for word what the lecturer says…. Summary, synthesis, and main points are things that get noted along with the questions that you have listening to the material. Just the way you are an active reader (pencil in hand) when you read, you need to be an active listener and not simply a transcriber.
Here is a video of a professor talking about note taking: