Become a Notetaker
A notetaker is a student who is able to attend a specific course and take notes for another student who has an academic accommodation.
By taking notes, the notetaker is helping a student in need, as well as enhancing their own academic skills. This is a very important job because students with academic accommodations are offered notetakers in the classroom to assist in obtaining all relevant classroom discussion in order to improve the opportunity for success.
How are notetakers selected and assigned?
At the beginning of the semester, students with disabilities must request notetaking services. An email is then sent to students enrolled in the course requesting volunteers. Students can express their interest in being a notetaker by replying to the email. No application is required. All volunteers are reviewed for the appropriate qualifications. If more than one student volunteers for a course, the first qualified volunteer to reply is selected. The assigned notetakers will then receive an email confirmation with additional information.
What makes someone “qualified” to be a notetaker?
Volunteer notetakers must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher and be in good academic standing.
Volunteers may take an optional self-directed online notetaking preparation training course (http://www.pepnet.org/e-learning/notetaker). This is a great course that will definitely help you to be a better notetaker.
Will I get paid to be a notetaker?
Notetakers are paid a stipend of $150 for each set of course notes at the end of the semester.
What skills do I need?
- The ability to maintain confidentiality and a good working rapport with the professor and the OAS,
- Have excellent attendance and on-time arrival,
- Have good organization and listening skills, i.e., being able to attend to and record all lecture details; and
- have the ability to type or write very legibly.
Okay, now that I have been selected, what is the best way to take notes?
- On each page of notes, please type or write the date and course (prefix/number/section) of the notes.
- Type notes (preferred) or write legibly in pen.
- Write down all assignments and due dates, also anything written on the board.
- Write down the primary and secondary points, any key terms or concepts.
Finally, How do I submit the notes*?
Submit a copy of your notes by Friday of each week in one of the following ways:
Notes will need to be in a digital format. You may type your notes, use our scanner (or another you have access to), or an app (TinyScanner is one we have seen used before). With either scanning option, we ask that you double check to make sure the PDF files show the notes clearly and that writing was dark enough.
- Log on to Accommodate ( accessible through a link on our page or via: https://washcoll-accommodate.symplicity.com/ ) with your regular WC log in information.
- Select “Note-Taker Network” from the bar across the top.
- Select the course the notes are for from the drop down menu.
- Fill in ‘Date(s) of Notes’ with the date range of the notes (ex 2/15, or 2/15-17)
- Under ‘Comments’ include any notes such as, “no class today, no notes”, “exam on Friday”, “Student presentations, no notes”, etc.
- Select ‘Browse’ and choose the document of the notes. Please title all notes files with the course title and number, and the date range. This will ensure that you select the correct file, and that the student receiving the notes is easily able to use the file.
- Hit ‘Submit’
***You are always welcome to stop in to the OAS and receive a brief tutorial on submission
Ideally, notes would be submitted within 24 hours of every class. However we only require notes to be turned in twice a week (this is a change from previous requirements). Please remember that you are submitting these notes for a use by a student with a disability, not submitting them frequently, in a timely manner puts that student or students at a disadvantage.
Please also remember that when the class has a test, the student receiving your notes needs them to study. Be mindful when scheduling your time in order to plan to send your notes as soon after the last class before an exam as possible.
* It is the responsibility of the notetaker to obtain notes for any missed classes. Please contact the OAS if you are unable to continue to be a notetaker for the course. If a notetaker fails to turn in notes for 3 consecutive weeks or the notes submitted are illegible, they will be dismissed and a new notetaker will be selected.
For more information, email or call us at 410-778-7860.