Note Taker Information
The Note Taking Program through the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) at Loyola is committed to helping students who need supplemental notes in their classes by providing them with clear, concise, and complete notes to review.
We seek to hire students as note takers who are highly motivated, organized, and dependable. Note taker should have good listening, communication, and writing skills, as well as a respect for the note taking process.
It's a Win-Win!
By being conscious of your note taking, you are not only helping the student for whom you are taking notes, but yourself as well! It’s easy, it’s fun, and you are doing your fellow student(s) a great service!
Step 1: Sign-Up
If there is a student who is in need of notes for a class, the instructor will make an announcement in class and pass around a sheet for interested note takers.
Step 2: We Contact You
When the sign-up sheet is returned to the SSWD, you will then be contacted by us via email or phone to confirm your interest. Note taker positions are filled first come, first serve and based on GPA.
If there is more than one interested note taker who signed up on the sheet, the position is open to whoever responds first.
Step 3: Attend a Brief Training Session
After you have been hired by the SSWD, we ask that you attend a brief training session to complete your hiring paperwork.
This session will cover the note taker procedures, discuss note taking tips, and FAQs, and provide you time to ask questions.
Step 4: Start Submitting Notes
After the training session, you will need to start submitting your notes from the beginning of the semester. You will need to make sure you submit your notes 2-3 times per week (depending on how often your class meets).
Our note submission process is electronic and all notes are submitted through email. Notes should be submitted 2-3 times per week depending on how often your class meets. Please be sure to provide all notes prior to your hire date.
Do you write or type your notes?
"I type my notes."
If you take notes on a computer in class, you will simply need to attach them in an email and email them to SSWDNoteTaking@luc.edu with the course, course number, and section number in the subject line.
"I take my notes by hand."
If you take notes by hand, you will need to scan them and attach them in an email to SSWDNoteTaking@luc.edu with the course, course number, and section number in the subject line.
Available Scanners at the Lake Shore Campus: http://www.luc.edu/its/labs.shtml#lsc
Available Scanners at the Water Tower Campus: http://www.luc.edu/its/labs.shtml#wtc
There is also a scanner available in the Sullivan Center, Rm. 260 (see Appendix C of Note Taker Handbook for operating instructions).
What if the teacher gives out the PowerPoints online ahead of time? Do I still need to take notes?
Yes. Often, information is covered in class that would be helpful to have written down to compliment the PowerPoint. You can take notes on the PowerPoint itself and either scan them in or send them electronically.
May I communicate with the note receiver?
Since our office is highly confidential, we do not disclose the identity of our students to anyone, therefore we cannot guarantee you direct interaction with the student note receiver. The Note Taker Coordinator will be the mediator between you and the student.
How do I know if my notes are being received?
You should receive a confirmation email each time you submit your notes.
I was hired after the first week of class. When should I begin submitting my notes?
You should submit your notes from the beginning of the semester, regardless of when you were hired unless otherwise directed.
I know the student for whom I am taking notes. Do I still have to submit the notes to the SSWD?
If the student wants to receive them electronically, then it may be a good idea to “CC” SSWDNoteTaking@luc.edu on the email.
To view the Note Taker Handbook, click here.
To find out more about being a note taker, contact the Note Taker Coordinator at SSWDNoteTaking@luc.edu or 773-508-3700.