Hello! I am a rising sophomore with majors in a microbiology and mathematics. I wrote this email to seek out your advice on the note-taking skills, as I recently realized that I do not have the efficient note-taking skills. I tend to write almost everything my lecturer said (especially in chemistry and calculus), event though I know I only have to write the major concepts and uncleared portions. However, I feel like I have to write the instructor said, like writing down every examples with solutions the lecturer poses. Plus, I also write the notes from my textbook to the notebook. My note-taking skill became inefficient for me, as it costs several hours. I just planned new note-taking strategy for me, and I would like to get your inputs and other suggestions you have. My new strategy is to use the textbook as a notebook; I read the relevant chapter(s) before the lecture, and make sure to grasp the whole chapter. Then during lecture, I write down only the major concepts and confusing portions into the piece of paper. Then I write those into my textbook's corresponding chapter(s); if the instructor goes over the examples, then I write all of them down into separate piece of paper and keep it. I think writing notes in my textbook will prevent me from spending several hours writing notes from the textbook into separate notebook, which I think is just an act of re-writing what the textbook said. I apologize for this long post, but I would really love to stabilize my note-taking skill since I will be taking intensive science courses on next semester: organic chemistry, immunology, biochemistry, and multivariable calculus-linear algebra. Thanks for your time!