Whenever you are learning, you should take notes by hand — not on a laptop, according to the research.
Engages different parts of the brain, makes you think more conceptually, doesn’t distract you with beeps or buzzes, is easier on the eyes…. and you retain more.
And if you’re dead set on having to write it up, try this amazing gadget which I’ve just funded on kickstarter. You draw by hand and can share to evernote and a few other places directly from the paper. And then when the book is full, you can microwave the notebook and it resets to empty!