Information for Student Note Takers
Students at Reed with documented disabilities can receive a variety of accommodations, which are granted on a case-by-case basis. A common accommodation gives the student access to notes taken in class by a fellow student. In these cases, Disability Support Services selects a student in the class to attend every class session, take good notes, and digitally scan and upload their notes to a dedicated note-sharing Moodle. Note takers receive a stipend at the end of the semester (see the Note Taker Handbook, below, for details).
For students interested in becoming note takers
If you are interested in becoming a note taker, the first step is to complete the current semester's Note Taker Interest Form, listing your courses for the upcoming semester. (If you are unable to access it, try logging out of your personal Google account and then logging in with a Reed account).
If a student in one of your classes receives note taking as an accommodation, we may contact you to begin the training process. Please note that submitting this form is not a formal commitment on your part, but only a statement of interest in potentially becoming a note taker in the future. Similarly, we are unable to guarantee that everybody who submits a form will be offered a note taker position.
More information about the note taker position, including responsibilities and stipend amount, can be found in the Note Taker Handbook.
For note takers
If a student in one of your classes requests note taking as an accommodation, we may contact you and offer you a note taking position. To accept the position, please follow these steps:
- Read the Note Taker Handbook in full.
- Complete an online Note Taker Agreement form for each course in which you will be taking notes.
- Start taking lecture notes right away! Within 24 hours of each class period, scan your notes and upload them to Moodle.
- Contact Dawn Derry in the Business Office within one week of your starting date to complete the necessary documents to make sure you are able to receive your stipend. If you are, or have been, a paid employee of Reed College, you do not need to complete this step.
Note Taking DOs and DON'Ts
- DO NOT take notes on unlined paper (unless you're very neat, in which case you can use unlined paper)
- DO NOT take notes on both sides of the page (but if you must, DO optimize scanner settings to minimize the effects of ink bleed-through)
- DO NOT take a photo of your notes rather than scanning them
- DO try to take notes like this!
- DO try a two-column or Cornell system of note taking!
- DO read the Note Taking Guidelines in the Note Taker Handbook!