Types of Notetaking Assistance

There are three primary forms of notetaking assistance:

  1. Resources provided by your professor - either by request or for the class as a whole.
  2. Sonocent Audio Notetaker. This is notetaking software available from SAS.
  3. Peer notetaker. In some cases, a peer notetaker can provide class notes. SAS can help find peer notetakers.


Many options may be available to students directly through their professors.  Students should reach out to their professors and see what they might be able to provide that could serve for this accommodation.

  • If there are no resources available from the professor, students should reach out to SAS for the options listed below.

Sonocent Audio Notetaker:

Sonocent Audio Notetaker is a tool that facilitates the notetaking process by allowing you to record lectures, add notes, images, and highlighting using your computer and mobile devices.

Peer Notetaking Services:

Peer notetakers are typically students in your class who volunteer to share their notes. SAS makes an attempt to find peer notetakers but there is no guarantee that a volunteer will be found. Before requesting a peer notetaker:

  1. Meet with your instructor to discuss what resources are available for the class and what additional materials they can provide.
  2. Talk to an SAS specialist about Sonocent Audio Notetaker and whether this might work as a solution.

By requesting a peer notetaker, you agree to:

  • Notify SAS as soon as possible if you drop a course or no longer need a notetaker.
  • Continue to attend class regularly. Receiving notes from a notetaker is not a substitute for going to class.
  • Notify SAS If you have any problems with the quality or quantity of the notes you receive.
  • Be responsible with the notes you receive. You will not share the notes from your notetaker with other students or by any other means (e.g., social media).

If you would like SAS to help find a peer notetaker, complete the Notetaker Request Form.

  • Once a notetaker is found, SAS will notify you and provide you with information on how to access your notes from Sakai.
  • All notes will be uploaded to a Sakai site and will be available for the duration of the semester.

All questions about the notetaking program can be directed to  sasnotes@ithaca.edu.

If SAS does not know there is a problem we can’t fix it. It is also often difficult to correct problems retroactively. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know right away!