I ask because every semester is pains me to watch my students take notes in absolutely horrible and useless ways.... I actually joked this semester with one class that I wish I could take away all their crappy note-taking systems (invariably in dilapidated spiral-bound notebooks) and replace them with ones that actually work.
When I was in college, I took notes with a legal pad and a manilla folder. Each class day got a sheet of paper and the paper went in the folder, and I'd review them in reverse come the end of the semester.
These days I use a couple of moleskine notebooks for my meeting notes and whatnot.
For my lecture notes, I use a modified Levenger circa systemportrait-oriented 5x8 notecards printed with a template. I store the notes in a file box
And while we're on it, I use the following writing implements:
Parker Sonnet rollerball
Parker Jotter ballpoint with gel refill
Rotring mechanical pencil
So....how do you take notes? Why do you do it that way?