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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Notetaker Training

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Be sure you communicate with the student, and establish a friendly way to encourage feedback. Determine the best way for the student to communicate with you – some students use text messaging or email, others prefer to communicate over the phone. Communicate at this time with the student about how often they desire to receive notes.


Respect the student's privacy – share information about the student on a need-to-know basis, such as with the course instructor. Do not disclose or identify the student or his/her disability to other students. The student's contact information should remain confidential as well.

Taking Notes

Take clear and concise notes during the class session.

Please try to incorporate the suggestions from the Top 15 Notetaking Tips in your notes. Printing off materials from D2L or online and giving the material to the student is not sufficient. Supplement these materials with information presented during lecture and discussion/lab sections. If your notes are not effective for the student, you may no longer be needed as a notetaker.

A notetaker is not a tutor for the student. You may, of course, study with the student if you'd like, but it is not required. Your job is to take notes for the student and provide the notes to the student by the end of the week.

If you are Absent

If you plan on being absent from class or cannot show at the last minute, it is your responsibility to find another student in your class to get a copy of notes from and give to the student needing notes.

If you Drop the Class

If you drop the class any time during the semester, please let the student, course instructor, and Accessibility Resources know as soon as possible. This will assist us in finding a new notetaker quickly. It will be helpful if you can assist the student in securing a new notetaker for the remainder of the semester by recommending another student from the class.


Please be conscientious about the quality of your notes. Communicate with the student and provide opportunities to share feedback. You may ask the course instructor to review your notes. This will not only assist the student, but will also provide a valuable study aid for you.

Paper vs. Photocopies

Accessibility Resources provides free "carbonless" notetaking paper to use in class or you can get the notes copied at Accessibility Resources, located at Memorial Library 132, free of charge. If you and the student prefer to email your notes or do it another way that is fine, just be sure both you and the student understand how the notes will be received and in a timely manner.

If you are running low on paper, please stop at Accessibility Resources in Memorial Library 132 and ask for more Non-carbon (NCR) paper.


Accessibility Resources provides a payment of $50 per class; the certificate of completion is required for verification. If you are taking notes for more than one student in the same class, we will pay you an additional $25 per student. The total payment will be directly deposited into your bank account approximately two weeks after the completion of the semester.

If you resign, drop the class, or are terminated, your compensation will be pro-rated to the last date on which you provided notes.

Orientation Process

After reading all the information above, proceed to the quiz.

Submitting your Notetaker Quiz Certificate of Completion to Accessibility Resources:
  1. Download the Accessibility Resources Notetaker Quiz Certificate of Completion (PDF).
  2. Print, sign and date your Certificate of Completion.
  3. Deliver your Certificate of Completion to Accessibility Resources in Memorial Library 132.

Proceed to quiz