While taking notes is important, you also need to make sure you’re listening and absorbing the information presented to you. Don’t fixate on how neat your notes are, as long as you can understand your own notes, then appearances don’t matter. Note taking is great for revision and can help refresh your memory, however, you need to know the topic. The lecturer will explain everything so make sure you listen during the class. In New Zealand a lot of lecturers are happy for their students to record the lecture so they can go back over the information at a later date but make sure you ask and receive permission before you do so.