I wanted to provide another perspective on top of Austin's great answer above.
The best way to take notes is the way that will best help you to learn the material and study for the exam. For a lot of folks, that will be paper and pencil, but a number of people also find that they can study best when they use a computer for note-taking. Personally, I found a lot of value from using my laptop and keeping notes in a note taking application such as Microsoft OneNote or Evernote. These programs let you keep all of your notes in a single location that can then be searched later on when you have a question or want to review what you learned in a specific class.
Austin also brings up a great point though that using a computer opens you up to a lot of opportunities for distractions, so making sure that you exhibit good self control and stay focused on note taking is important. There are also applications you can use that will restrict your internet access during certain hours to help you stay focused. I've included a link to a list of those applications in the next steps below.
If nothing else, try a couple of different methods to find what works for you and stick with it!
Tyler recommends the following next steps:
- Test out paper and pencil notetaking strategies and see how well you remember material from class. Some example strategies can be found here: https://www.goconqr.com/en/examtime/blog/4-note-taking-strategies/
- Try taking notes using a computer and a note taking application such as Evernote (https://evernote.com/) or Microsoft OneNote (https://www.onenote.com/download)
- If you find yourself getting distracted while taking notes with a computer, use an internet restriction application (http://mediashift.org/2017/03/got-productivity-groove-back-internet-restriction-apps/) to help keep you on task