Two thousand years ago the technique of notetaking was already established in different civilisations.
For example, the Romans used it. Their children were taught to write letters on wax tablets at school. They were taught to record the information left to right, top to bottom as it was heard. So, when a teacher said something important, they would then use this recording technique to record knowledge so that it could be learnt and used later.
A key feature of this antique notetaking technique is that it is passive.