Peer notetaking assistance is provided as an accommodation for students whose documented
disabilities interfere with their ability to take good notes. Notes are an essential
tool for studying and learning, so the services of a competent and reliable notetaker
provide important support for a student with a disability.
Apply to Become ADS Notetaker
To apply to become a ADS notetaker, complete the following steps:
- Review the Notetaker Responsibilities and Guidelines for Effective Note Taking
- Complete the Peer Notetaker Application
- Complete the Miscellaneous Expense Voucher for payment
About Getting Paid
Notetakers are paid a stipend for the term. The stipend is provided after the end
of the term. Notetakers who take notes for only part of the term will receive a prorated stipend.
Attend Class Regularly
Attend class regularly and arrive on time. If you must miss a class, it is your responsibility
to arrange for notes to be provided to the ADS student. It is recommended that you
and the ADS student make a prior arrangement with another classmate who is willing
to share class notes if you are absent.
Important: In addition to attending class regularly, notetakers must take legible, organized
and comprehensive notes.
determine the best way to provide notes
Communicate with the ADS student to determine the best way to provide them with notes within
24 hours of the class. Possible options are as follows:
- type and print (or email) notes
- handwrite notes on regular notebook paper and scan/e-mail or make copies
- handwrite on carbonless copy paper (available at the ADS office)
Keep the identity of the ADS student confidential by not discussing the student with
family, friends or classmates.
Let ADS Know if You Drop the Class
Contact ADS within 24 hours if you decide to drop or withdraw from the course or if
you are no longer able to fulfill your obligations.
ADS Student Responsibilities
Notes are not considered a substitute for the ADS student’s participation in each
class. Notify ADS if the student is often absent. Notetakers are not expected to take notes
in a student’s absence unless specifically directed by ADS to do so.
ADS will contact the student to discuss the absences and determine whether assistance
Guidelines for Effective Note Taking
- use ink to handwrite notes (so they’re clear when copying or scanning)
- date and number each page of your notes
Follow Instructor’s Guidance
- copy what the instructor writes on the board
- when the instructor refers to text pages, write the page numbers in your notes
- star information the instructor says is important or will be on the test
Format Your Notes
- draw a box around items that should stand out (i.e., class assignments, due dates,
- underline key terms
- use abbreviations to speed up the note taking process (be sure the student understands
- leave blank spaces (so it is easier to see the organization of ideas and to add/edit
- write primary and secondary points and provide details to elaborate
- include examples to explain a concept
Show the organization of the lecture by using a format such as the following:
- Main Idea 1
Example for Detail B
- Main Idea 2
Example for Detail A