Note Taker Program

Students who have a diagnosed condition for which peer notes would be a helpful supplement in order to be successful in the class, may benefit from our Note Taker Program. In order to qualify for this accommodation, students should register online with Student Accessibility Services and make an appointment for an in-person meeting to discuss it in detail. Once the accommodation has been approved, SAS can assist in recruiting a note taker for the student’s courses.

 

Students
  • Students must communicate with their professors once faculty emails have been sent out regarding accommodations

  • Students should first ask a fellow classmate for notes. If this is not possible, the following actions may be taken   

    • Ask your instructor for help locating a note taker

    • Contact SAS to help recruit a note taker

  • If recruitment through SAS is necessary, please contact us as soon as possible at sas@wm.edu and put “I need a note taker” in the subject line

  • Students must attend class in order to receive notes; peer notes are merely a supplement and do not excuse students from class

Faculty
  • If a student contacts an instructor about needing a note taker, one or more of the following actions should be taken

    • Send out an email to your class asking for a note taker

    • Speak to the class directly about a note taker

    • Recommend an individual who is known to take good notes

    • Instructors can also provide their own notes or access to power points if they choose to do so

  • Note: anonymity of the student in need must be preserved and their identity should never be shared unless permission is given by the student

Note Takers
  • Note takers must upload their notes (see instructions here) after each class using the notes drop off portal – be diligent as someone is relying on those notes!

  • Notes do not need to be any more detailed than normal but should be legible if handwritten

  • If class is missed, the note taker must inform SAS by contacting sas@wm.edu as soon as possible

  • Click here for more detailed info on this position and for the necessary hiring paperwork.
How to upload notes
FAQ’s
Q: Is there any compensation for providing my notes?

               A: Students will be paid $7.25 / hour. However, there are other benefits to providing notes to a fellow student:

  1. It feels good to provide your notes to a student in need.

  2. It is a great addition to put on your resume for future employers!

  3. It gives you more incentive to come to class.

  4. It gives you more incentive to take good notes.

  5. You can pay it forward – Who knows, maybe one day you’ll need this service?[HL1]

Q: When trying to upload my notes, it says I am not enrolled in the class. What should I do?

               A: Ensure that you put only your username (not the entire email address) in the username box. Also, when searching for your course, use the full name rather than the course code. Ex.: If Human Anatomy (KINE 301) is your course, search with “Human Anatomy” not “KINE 301”.

Q: I handwrite my notes. How should I upload them?

               A: Handwritten notes should be scanned and uploaded as pdfs. There is a free app called Tiny Scanner that allows you to scan notes using your phone.

Q: I missed class and was unable to take notes. What should I do?

               A: Notify us as soon as possible by contacting sas@wm.edu. We try to find two note takers for each course so that we have a back-up but sometimes that is not possible.

Q: I want to know who is getting my notes before I provide them. Is that possible?

               A: SAS operates on strict confidentiality and privacy must be respected. Therefore we cannot disclose who will be receiving your notes.