Note Taking Services

Who Are Individuals With Disabilities?

A person with a disability is anyone with a physical or mental impairment (has a history of such a condition, or perceived by others to be disabled) that substantially impairs or restricts one or more major life activities. Students who request academic accommodations must provide the DRC with documentation of a verified disability.

The Role Of The Note-Taker

Becoming a classroom note taker is a very important and useful service for many students we serve. Your notes will be a valuable study aid for the students. You may also find that by taking careful notes and using the following guidelines your notes will be better, clearer, and more useful to you personally!

With your cooperation in sharing your notes, the student has a chance to concentrate on the content of the information presented in class instead of on the mechanics of getting everything down on paper. This will ensure they have access to the same information as other students. This shifts the emphasis back to what is being learned instead of how to learn it. If you cannot attend class for whatever reason, you are still responsible for providing notes to the DRC student. It is vitally important they receive notes every class period. If the student does not show up for class for more than 3 consecutive class periods, it is your responsibility to contact the DRC. Note taking does not take the place of the student attending class.

Quick Tips For Taking Great Notes!

  1. Try to get a seat up front, so you can hear everything the professor says, and you are more likely to pay attention for the entire class period.
  2. Use a highlighter when taking notes in order to catch the key words and concepts that the professor gives during lecture.
  3. Write notes in a format that works best for you. Some different formats include: 2 column notes, 3 column notes, outline format or graphic.
  4. If the professor posts the lecture notes or PowerPoint Presentation on WebCT ahead of time, print them out. This way, your can follow along with the pre-written lecture summary.
  5. Keep all of your notes in one place-such as a binder or spiral note book. This makes studying a lot easier because everything is easy to find.
  6. Label each set of notes with the lecture title, date and number the pages
  7. Listen intently from the very beginning of the lecture: The instructor may outline the lecture in the first few minutes. Often the instructor will make sure that important details that have not been explained are covered in the last 5-10 minutes.
  8. Write down everything the instructor writes on the board and the over head projector.
  9. Record all technical facts, names, dates, equations, diagrams and examples
  10. Circle or star (*) assignments and announcements, such as test dates.


As a note taker we require you to adhere to all ethical standards which respect the confidentiality of the students served and comply with all policies and procedures of the Disability Resource Center. A few of the basic rules are:

  • Never disclose to anyone the name or confidential information which could lead to the identification of any student receiving services through the DRC.
  • Do not discuss students with anyone other than the appropriate DRC staff member.