Notetaking services are available to IC students who are registered with Student Accessibility Services AND who have been approved for notetaking as an accommodation. If you are unsure whether you fall into this category, please contact SAS.

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.

Sonocent Audio Notetaker

Starting Fall 2019, SAS is offering a new notetaking support service. Sonocent Audio Notetaker is a tool that allows you to record lectures and add notes, images, and highlighting using your computer and mobile devices. Any student with notetaking as an accommodation with SAS can request a license for Sonocent Audio Notetaker. Access to Sonocent is granted on a semester-by-semester basis. To learn more about Sonocent, visit their Sonocent Sprint Start page. If you would like to request a license, send an email to sasnotes@ithaca.edu.

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.

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

SAS uses the Notetaker Request Form to coordinate with you and the instructor to find a notetaker for the course. 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. If your notetaker is unable to attend class for any reason, the notetaker is asked to find another person to act as a substitute but that is not a guarantee that notes will be available for that particular day. It might be helpful to have a back-up plan in cases where your regular notetaker is unavailable.

All questions about the notetaking program can be directed to the SAS Notetaking Coordinator at sasnotes@ithaca.edu.

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 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!

How to Become a Peer Notetaker

Students who are registered with SAS and have notetaking as an accommodation can request the services of a peer notetaker. SAS works with professors to find notetakers in specific classes. You can become a peer notetaker by responding to requests for notetakers submitted by your professor. You can also contact the SAS Notetaker Coordinator at sasnotes@ithaca.edu if you are willing to take notes and the courses you are enrolled in. SAS will get in touch if a student requests notes for any of your courses.

Benefits of Volunteering as a Peer Notetaker

  • Peer notetakers often see an improvement in the quality of their own notes as they make an effort to make them clear and presentable for the student who will receive them.
  • Peer notetakers who submit quality notes throughout the entire course of the semester will receive a written letter of appreciation from SAS to verify their participation in the program.

As a peer notetaker, you agree to:

  • Submit notes within 24 hours of class.
    • Notes should be submitted as PDF or Word documents (not images, such as those taken by the camera on your phone).
    • Notes should include a date and should have a file name that includes the course number and date (e.g., BIOL 10900 01 9-24-2017).
  • Inform SAS as soon as possible if you are unable to take notes for any given class or if there are no notes for a particular class (e.g., if class is canceled, class time is spent taking a test, student presentations, etc.).
  • Maintain confidentiality with respect to the student you are taking notes for.
  • Notify SAS if you withdraw from the course or are otherwise unable to continue as a peer notetaker.

All questions about the notetaking program can be directed to the SAS Notetaking Coordinator at sasnotes@ithaca.edu