When I was a student I was obsessive about taking notes. I tried to write down everything the professor said. When it was time for the exam my fellow students would flock to my room for a study session which often turned out to be little more than me working through my notes with them.
Every now and then I run into a student who seems to have the same passion for note taking that I had in school. But I do not find them too often. At least once a semester I have to chide my survey classes for failing to write stuff down.
Highberg ends his post with some questions worth thinking about.
Do your students take notes? How? Have you talked with them about note-taking strategies? Do students in classes with exams take better notes more instinctively than in classes without exams based on in-class material?