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Information for Student Note Takers

SARC Note Taking Assistance

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Note Taker. Note Takers arranged in conjunction with the WKU Student Accessibility Resource Center (SARC) share notes with a peer classmate in need. Note Takers are a vital link in providing support services to students at WKU. A student can become a Note Taker by responding to a request from the SARC via email, directly from the student needing notes, or in response to the Instructor announcing the need for a Note Taker during class. Note Takers can earn volunteer hours based on the number of course hours that notes were shared. Note Takers are assigned based on available opportunities and are offered on a first-to-respond basis.  


Expectations & Responsibilities

  • Be reliable (deliver your class notes the same day)
  • Be punctual (attend class and arrive on time)
  • Be responsible (provide notes reflecting class content)
  • Be friendly (respectful email and face-to-face etiquette)


Ready to Become a Note Taker?

Step 1: Sign-up to be a volunteer Note Taker.

Step 2: Review and acknowledge the SARC Note Taker Policies and Procedures Training Tutorial.                     

Step 3: Wait for an instructional email reply from the SARC detailing the next steps.


Frequently Asked Questions

  •  Do Note Takers get paid?  

         All SARC Note Takers volunteer to share their notes with a student in need and will earn a volunteer certificate.


  •  When and how do I get my volunteer hours? 

         The SARC office will provide you with a volunteer certificate at the end of the semester or provide signature on your student organization volunteer form.


  • How do I share my notes? 

        Sharing notes is easy! Attend class regularly and forward your typed or written notes to the student. Not only are there scanners available in some WKU labsbut there                       are scanner apps, e.g. Adobe Scan, Microsoft Office LensEvernote ScannableCamScannerGenius Scan.


  • What if I drop the class?

        No worries! Just notify our office right away so that we can identify your replacement. You will still earn some volunteer credit for your service


Comments From Previous Note Takers 

  • "I developed better study skills as a note taker" -Anonymous Spring 2018
  • "Taking notes for another student has helped me improve my grades" -Anonymous Fall 2018
  • "I paid better attention in class because I knew that I was responsible for taking notes for someone else besides me" -Anonymous Fall 2018
  • "This is the first time I have been a notetaker through the SARC & I do not think I would have passed my classes without being a notetaker for someone" -C.M. Spring 2019



 For more information, please, email sarc.notetaking@wku.edu or call 270-745-5004




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If a push button for a door or an elevator is not working, or other physical obstructions occur, contact the Department of Facilities Management at 270-745-3253.
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 Last Modified 8/12/21