While notetaking may seem to be a simple skill, it’s actually anything but simple. If you’ve sat through a college lecture, you know the danger lies in actually taking notes: by the time you’re done jotting down what the professor said you’ve missed part of the new topic he or she has already moved onto. Lectures are rather like a college right of passage; every student must survive them. Attending lectures exists as part of the freshmen experience: while some classes will be small or involve interesting labs, others will consist of 80-200 students packed into a lecture hall. However, instead of surviving, you can actually thrive during a lecture if you learn utilize active listening strategies and take meaningful notes.