I have been gifted with a memory for details. I don't usually use anything but my grey matter, and if the bulk of information is such that I can't assimilate it in the time given, I usually have my laptop around and open by then.
in reply to OT: Favorite notebooks and pens
Of interesting note, my handwriting has gotten horrid, I rarely use a writting tool to do more than sign a credit card reciept anymore, so taking notes probably would not help in the long run anyway, I wouldn't be able to read them :)
"Nothing is sure but death and taxes" I say combine the two and its death to all taxes!