Develop a system for taking notes. As obvious as it seems, make sure electronics are charged or the batteries are fresh. Just in case, have a charger with you and get a seat near an electrical outlet. In older classrooms, plugs may be at a premium so having your own plug you can share with others. Oh, and make sure they’re TURNED ON when the lecture starts.
Be proficient with the software or device(s) you’re using. Practice in a non-threatening environment, using your camera, digital recorder
Then review the topic the instructor is covering that day. If you’re outlining, a pre-prepared topic sheet with plenty of blank space will allow you take adequate notes. If the instructor hands out a topic sheet at the beginning of class, use that for your basic outline.
If you’re creating a visual map, you can follow the same steps as the outline; review the material beforehand and use any written materials the instructor may provide as a guide for your map.
Listen and condense what the instructor is saying – Don’t attempt to write everything verbatim
Use special abbreviations for terms that will help you speed up the physical note taking process. If you’re using a word processor, learn how to use autocorrect to expand repeated expressions. If you’re not using a word processor – look for an app that has the same functionality.
Stick to keywords and very short sentences
If taking an academic class, look for key phrases
Sit up front so if there are formulas or solutions written on the board, you can get a clear picture with whatever camera device you’re using. It will also improve the audio quality if you’re recording the lecture.