Because most classes involve lectures, listening skills are critical for success in college. Listening is not merely hearing the speaker; it is comprehending what is being said and absorbing the meaning. Such intentional, careful attention is called "active listening."
To improve your listening skills, explore the following links:
Improving Your Listening Skills
Developing Listening Skills
To help you better remember lecture content, record a speaker's ideas while they are being presented. Several methods are used to take good notes. The links below explain some of them.
http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/stdyhlp.html (visit the links to Note-taking and In-Class Skills and Editing Lecture Notes)
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/notes.html (see Note Taking Handouts)