Well, we all like to take notes, don’t we? Although I’m certain we don’t review them as much as we should. To commit something to memory as an adult requires several goes; so I would recommend you read your notes out loud (French is a spoken language) as soon as possible after your class; then again before your next class and once more several weeks later.
To take notes, you’ll just need pen and paper. Some of my students are very well organised and file their notes and my handouts in a binder, with subject dividers. Obviously, it’s a lot easier and quicker for them to find something when they need it. If filing is not your cup of tea, at least try and put your notes and handouts neatly in a file. Please! I have, over the years, seen people looking for a handout in a bagful of crumpled paper… As you can imagine, they were not successful.
The same goes if you use a tablet or iPad: if you organise your information, you will be able to retrieve it painlessly.
Some teachers don’t like using a text book as they find it too constraining. Personally, I use a text book with most of my classes as it gives them a solid progression framework and a reference which is easy to consult. Check with your teacher if they use a text book. It’s a bit more money you’ll need to spend but it will be worth it.
If you can afford it, I would also recommend you buy the CDs or sound tracks that go with the book. This will greatly help you with the trickiest aspect of French: the pronunciation.
One last recommendation about what to bring to your French class: leave your shyness at home and come with a willingness to have a go, especially with listening and speaking. Many adults studied languages at school without using their ears or their mouth. It’s crazy, like learning to swim on dry land.
With this, you’re all set for your French course. Have fun with your learning.