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Volunteer Notetaker Sign-up

Thank you for participating as a volunteer note taker for Center for Accessibility Resources!

In order to be a note taker, Center for Accessibility Resources asks that you complete the following steps.

  1. Read the following information about being a note taker.
  2. Sign up at the end of this training. Please read the information very carefully.
  3. Pick up your gift card at the end of the term. Gift cards are available during finals week in RCH-105.

Why are you being asked to take notes?

Center for Accessibility Resources is the office that ensures individuals with disabilities have the necessary information to be successful in class. As part of their academic accommodations, students with disabilities may request supplemental notes for their classes.

Who are you helping?

Center for Accessibility Resources serves students with a variety of disabilities. Some examples of students with disabilities who might request a notetaker are students with:

  • low vision or who are blind
  • learning disabilities
  • limited dexterity or mobility
  • hard of hearing or deaf
  • inability to concentrate on the lecture and take notes at the same time

How to be a successful note taker

  • Be in class.
  • Be on time to class; you cannot have complete notes if you are not in class from the beginning. Often, important information is given out just as the class begins, or as the class ends, such as exams, cancellations, etc.
  • If unable to attend class, please let your instructor know so a replacement can be found.
  • Volunteers must practice confidentiality and not share any information regarding the student that they are providing notes for.
  • Volunteers must provide notes in a timely manner.

Volunteers should do their best to provide the instructor’s information, views and opinions and should refrain from interjecting their own opinions in this information. Volunteers should also follow up with Center for Accessibility Resources if there are any questions/concerns. 

Strategies for taking successful notes

  • Record the date, place, topic/title and presenter on your notes.
  • Number each page of your paper notes in case they get out of order.
  • Use dark ink.
  • A ballpoint pen works best on carbonless note taking paper, make sure to cross out any mistakes completely (Carbonless paper is available in the Support Lab).
  • Write neatly and make notes complete and clear enough to understand when you come back to them.
  • Bring attention to important points.
  • Highlight important items with asterisks (*).
  • Draw circles or boxes around the main topics.
  • If the instructor refers to the text, mark the page number in notes.
  • Please note all assignments and due dates, as well as anything written on the board.
  • Leave plenty of whitespace for later additions. Skip lines. Leave spaces between main ideas.

Information to include on your notes

  • Anything written on the board or presented on a PowerPoint type of presentation.
  • Any information that is repeated or emphasized by the instructor, especially when the following phrases are used: “finally,” “remember,” “most important,” etc.
  • Numbered or listed items.
  • Important or new terms, definitions, and examples.
  • References to your textbook.
  • Include pertinent comments made by your classmates.
  • Ask questions about topics that need more clarification.

How does the student get their notes?

  • Albany: deliver your notes to the Support Lab, RCH-114
  • Corvallis: deliver your notes to the Learning and Career Center, BC-222
  • Lebanon and Sweet Home: check with the Support Lab on delivery location

If the student you are taking notes for wishes to remain anonymous, you will deliver your notes to the Support Lab, RCH-114. There is a copy machine for you to make free copies. Please check in with staff the first time you drop off the notes. They can assist you with copies and placing the notes in the appropriate folder. Notes can be delivered after hours by placing the copies of your notes in the drop box outside of RCH-114. Be sure to label your notes with either the student’s name or Box #. Volunteers at the Benton Center, check in with staff in the Learning and Career Center for directions.

If the student does not wish to remain anonymous, work out how you will exchange notes with each other after each class. You are welcome to e-mail notes, use carbonless paper or make copies in the Support Lab for free.

Your thank you gift card

You will receive a $25 gift card to either the Bookstore or a food card that is good at the Courtyard Café or in the Commons.  If you take notes for more than one student in the same class, you will get an additional $10 for each student.

Sign up to be a Volunteer Note taker

You must have the “LBCC Disability Services Volunteer Note Taker Service” form before you fill out the online registration form. The student should have filled out their information on step 2 of the form. You need this information to sign-up to be a volunteer. Thank you so much for providing notes for a student, we appreciate this very much.

Volunteer Note Taker sign up form

Example Resume Statement

Your time spent as a volunteer notetaker can be added to your resume. 

Volunteer Note Taker (Quarter and Year)
Linn-Benton Community College, Center for Accessibility Resources

Provided detailed notes, weekly, for qualified students registered with Center for Accessibility Resources.