I use my laptop for every lecture. I use to print out my lecture outlines and write the notes to the side and highlight like crazy. Looking back now, what a pain in the butt. You are wasting so much energy. Take the laptop, download the lectures onto it, then just add your notes to it during class. It is soooo much easier & you dont need White out
As for lugging the laptop and your books, I dont need my books for class, that is to read @ home when going over my notes and studying. Our instructor has a full powerpoint presentation and she never refers to the book except to comment on certain information pages.
I have had my laptop for awhile and I never thought to take it into my pre-req classes, so i'd just come home and type up all of my written notes. Looking back now, I can't believe I did that.
I thought it was a better idea because then I'd be going over my notes while transcribing them. NOT. you dont "read and study" while typing. you are just reading the words that need to be typed. (Or atleast I do)
Just my 2 cents.