Notetaking Tips

For Notetakers

Thank you for volunteering to take notes this semester. You will be provided with a carbonless notepaper pad on that will enable you to simply take your own notes, while an automatic double copy is made. Alternately, you may choose to type your notes on your laptop or tablet which can then be emailed to the instructor to forward to the student.

Student Disability Services would like to recognize your efforts by providing you with a letter of commendation which could be considered for volunteer service hours and enhance your résumé. Prior to the end of the semester, please return the notetaking form that can also be found on the front of the carbonless notepaper pad available at SDS in 335 West Hall.



In addition to regular class assignments and expectations, note any scheduled class cancellations, videos, and tours for the semester.

Make sure your handwriting is legible. Let the student know if you are not sure about a particular spelling. Identify what abbreviations mean.

Make sure the notes are complete, correct, and clear.

While it is important to include charts and diagrams, if there is a chart in the book, you can reference that in the notes. There is no reason to duplicate something that is already there.

For Faculty

Instructors, please read this out loud to your class to find two notetakers:

"The following is an announcement from Student Disability Services. There is a student with a disability in this class who requires the services of a note taker. If you are willing to provide a copy of your notes to this student for the rest of the semester, you will be provided with a carbonless notepaper pad that will enable you to simply take your own notes, while an automatic double copy is made. If you are a good note taker and are interested, please talk to me after class so that I can arrange to get the carbonless notepads to you. At the end of the semester you will be eligible for a commendation letter from SDS which provides documentation for your volunteered service. In order to protect the student's confidentiality, please understand that as note takers you will not be aware of the student's identity. You will give me a copy of the notes after each class period and I will then share them with the student."

Points to Remember:

  • If the student needing notetaking services is absent or sleeps during class, that student IS NOT eligible to receive the notes for that day.
  • Alternately, the notetaker can takes notes on a laptop and email them to you to be forwarded to the student needing services.
  • If you use lecture notes, you may give the student a copy just prior to the lecture.
  • If you use Power Point presentations regularly, you may give the student a copy PRIOR to the lecture.
  • Notes must be made available to the student within 24 hours of the class period.