University of Vermont

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Note Takers

Peer Note Takers are current UVM students who volunteer to provide their class notes for courses in which they are already enrolled, and in which a request for Note Taking services has been made.  Notes provide support to ACCESS students with documented disabilities and supplement their own course notes.

Becoming a Peer Note Taker is a rewarding way to become more involved in the UVM community.  Not only do a Peer Note Taker’s services provide support to their classmates, but it enriches the Peer Note Taker’s experience in the classroom by encouraging more thorough, quality notes.  Volunteering as a Peer Note Taker is also a great resume builder and provides the opportunity to gain invaluable transferrable skills.

If you’re interested in becoming a Peer Note Taker, please visit the myACCESS Student Login and select the icon for Note Takers to submit your enrolled courses each semester and upload sample notes.  ACCESS students may view your sample notes and select you as their Peer Note Taker for a course, at which time you will be notified via automated email and may then begin submitting your course notes following each lecture.

Note Taker Expectations

  • It is important to the success in your role as a Peer Note Taker that you maintain open communication with the Note Taking Program.  Please check your email at least once per day and respond to any communication from the Note Taking Program.
  • Attendance is a must!  You are required to attend every scheduled class session for the course in which you are registered to take notes.  If you miss a class, it is your role as a Peer Note Taker to get the notes, of the same or better quality, from someone else in the class (i.e. friend, peer, TA) for the missed class session and submit them as you normally would.
    • If you will need to miss class for an extended period of time, please inform the Note Taking Program in advance of your absence, or as soon as possible, so that a substitute Note Taker may be put in place prior to your leave.
    • We also ask that you attend any review sessions and take notes, whenever your schedule allows.  If there is a review session scheduled and you are unable to attend, please let the Note Taking Program know ahead of time, so that we may find another Note Taker to provide notes for that session.
  • Peer Note Takers must take clear, accurate, detailed/thorough and legible notes.  Some guidelines of what the Note Taking Program expects:
    • Notes should be typed, if possible.  You may receive a specific request to type notes, in which case this is required.  (Some classes, i.e. math or chemistry, may be formula/drawing intensive and may not allow for typed notes; this is okay!)
    • Notes should include: key points, descriptions of concepts in your own words, diligent notation of anything the professor writes on the board, and any other pertinent information presented.  This includes any homework assignments, upcoming exam reminders and/or review sessions, etc.
    • If symbols and/or abbreviations are used, they must be described in a key.
  • Notes are expected to be submitted in a timely manner, ideally following each class session; at minimum once per week.
    • On days when there are no notes (i.e. class was cancelled, exam, etc.) the Note Taker is expected to email notes@uvm.edu to inform the Note Taking Program of the missing notes.
  • Login to myACCESS and follow online instructions to submit notes. For handwritten notes, please visit the Universal Design Technology Lab (2nd floor, Bailey-Howe Library) to manually scan notes for upload.
  • In the event that a Peer Note Taker drops or withdraws from a class, for any reason, it is expected that the Note Taker inform the Note Taking Program, as soon as possible, so that a replacement Note Taker may be put in place.

Incentives

For each course that you are signed up to be a Peer Note Taker for, you will receive 45 hours of community service credit.  This will be awarded via certificate at the end of each semester.  It is contingent on thorough and timely notes submission throughout the entire semester. 

For each course that you are signed up to be a Peer Note Taker for, you will have your name entered into our weekly raffle.  Prizes will include gift cards and/or items from local businesses within the Burlington area.  If notes are not submitted for any given class session during the week, your entry for that course will not be eligible for that week’s drawing.

Last modified July 22 2014 12:47 PM