School now is so different than it was when I was in undergrad and even grad school the first time. The big difference is notebooks/powerpoint. It's amazing now - way better. You don't have to take notes. You get a copy of the notes at each class - and you just write down your extra notes. It's pretty amazing. I feel bad about the serious amount of paper, but other than that - it's definitely the way to go.
It probably makes profs work much harder...but I can handle that.