pen and paper. I tended to remember more that way vs typing it all out.
print off slides 3 to a page with the lines next to the slide...did that for 4 years and eliminated doubling up the info on the slide
hated when professors wouldn't give the slides to us tho
I use a laptop for some classes, and a pen and paper for other classes. It all depends on the class for me. Some professors teach entirely from powerpoint presentations. Those classes seem to lend themselves to taking notes w/in powerpoint w/ a laptop. Also, OneNote (in MS Office) is really useful for taking notes too, especially if the teacher teaches w/ PDFs.
I like using a laptop just for the fact that it limits how much paper I have to use. Also, a 2 lb netbook w/ a 10" screen beats the heck out of lugging around a giant binder full of notes and handouts.
Also, RELEARN CURSIVE if you've since forgotten how to write in it since stopping to use it in 5th grade! When I was an undergrad, I realized that I couldn't write words fast enough in manuscript, so I retaught myself cursive. That was well worth the effort as cursive seems like it's a thousand times faster.
Just my 2 cents.
Granted when I went to ISU over 10 years ago (man I'm starting to feel old saying that :twitcy: ) there wasn't much for Wifi across campus yet but seemed like most of the people that brought their laptops were easily distracted and wound up playing games on them more than they took notes. I sat behind a guy one class that played NFL Blitz the entire time and it got distracting for me too trying not to watch him play it. Not sure why he even showed up to class when he wasn't even paying attention. I can't imagine just how many more distractions you would have now with internet so available about anywhere on campus now and devices with mobile internet built in where you have the temptations of social media and online games at your fingertips. I'd still recommend the traditional pen and paper notes to keep the temptations to get distracted away.