Office of Student Life

Disability Services

Note-Taking Assistance

Students who have difficulty capturing lecture material can be approved for note-taking assistance. Note-taking assistance can be provided in a few different ways. Discuss with your Access Specialist the pros and cons of each method for accessing class materials. 

1. Instructor-Provided Notes

If your instructor is willing to, they can provide you notes (e.g. comprehensive Powerpoint slides).

2. Technology (e.g. audio recordings, note-taking app, livescribe smartpen)

Some students find that lecture-capturing technology, such as an audio recorder, is an effective technique for obtaining lecture material. Helpful tips for recording:

  • Consider the different technologies available and which one works best with your learning style.
  • Some aspects to consider when choosing an audio recorder are (1) size of the recorder, (2) number of tracks, (3) internal/external mic, and (4) memory. Our office recommends the Sony ICD PX-333 or Olymbus VN-722.

3. Volunteer Note-Taker

Once approved for the accommodation, your instructor can help you identify a peer note-taker in the course.  Once identified, the note-taker will contact you to discuss logistics and format for note-sharing. Disability Services provides a small stipend ($25 per credit hour) or certification of volunteer hours to these note-takers. SLDS is only able to compensate one note-taker per course section. Therefore, a note-taker may be assigned to give notes to more than one student. A note-taker's stipend is based on the course's credit hours and stays the same regardless of the number of students for whom they provide notes.

Next Steps:

To learn more about note-taking assistance, view the Disability Services Student Handbook.

For instructions on how to register with Disability Services, review our Registration Process page.