As a paid
notetaker, you are responsible for providing class notes to a student
with a disability that prevents them from taking their own notes. This
means that if you are
unable to attend a class session, you must obtain a copy of the class
the student. Therefore, we strongly
recommend that you find a back-up notetaker in the class that you can
case you can’t be in class to provide notes for the student.
- Be on
Many professors give important information during the first
five or ten minutes of the class.
- Ask for
feedback. Talk with the student about the quality of
your notes. Encourage the student to give
you suggestions on how to improve the notes for his/her use.
Don’t interject your opinions in the notes.
page with a
number, title and/or date.
Ask the student if your writing is clear
enough to understand. Many notetakers use a laptop to take notes in
class, then email a copy to the student. Some notetakers type up their
handwritten notes after class, then email a copy to the student. Either
of these options provides more legible notes and is preferred.
if you are
unsure, or miss something the instructor says. Fill
it in later or ask the instructor for clarification. If you are not
sure of the spelling, write sp? above it and
correct it later if possible. Note the
important technical terms that may show up on an exam.
effectively. If you space out the main
ideas, the student will be able to process the notes more effectively.
for emphasis. Underline important words and phrases or use
any marks such as asterisks, starts, circles, etc. Discuss different
possible styles with the student.
given by the
instructor. Include diagrams and
illustrations given on the blackboard or on charts brought in by the
instructor. Be sure to indicate where the
information was obtained.
in the best way for the student and you.
possible. If there is class participation,
try to summarize the discussion in your notes.
abbreviations only if
the student is familiar with them. You may
work out a system with the student to abbreviate commonly used terms.
In any case, ask his/her preference.
the notes later, and make a typed copy if possible. Leave margin space
as you are taking notes so that you may make additions or
Continue to work with the student in determining the best
way to include classroom information.