Note Taking

If you have difficulty with taking notes during class, the Note Taking Office can provide you with assistance in accessing a volunteer note-taker.

Steps in the Process

  1. Speak with your Advisor about any barriers your experience to taking notes during class.
  2. Complete a note-taking request form that indicates the specific classes where you require notes.
  3. The Note Taking Office will make the best effort to arrange for a volunteer who will submit their notes to SAS.
  4. Notes will then be made available to you by the Note-Taking Office.
  5. Please consider writing a note at the end of the semester to thank the volunteer(s) who provided their notes.  SAS will forward this to the volunteer(s) on your behalf.

​Additional Considerations

  • Note-taking does not replace class participation, which may be required in some courses.
  • This service is for courses with a live (synchronous) lecture component. Some courses are not conducive for note taking or have accessibility built in through other means. This includes:
    • Distance Education (DE) courses
    • Pre-recorded lectures
    • Labs and other hands-on learning experiences
    • Some courses where instructors provide thorough and detailed notes for each lecture
  • Assistance by a volunteer note-taker is intended to help you with the learning process. Going to class and experiencing lectures firsthand is also an important part of that process.

SAS Portal

We currently use the SAS Portal to manage our Note Taking Service. Follow the instructions when you log in, or email for assistance. 

Students who experience a disability can use the portal to request notes for their courses if their SAS Advisor has approved this as an accommodation.  They can also retrieve notes for their courses through this site once they are available.

For those students who wish to volunteer, the portal allows you to indicate the courses in which you would be able to take notes. Once approved as a volunteer, you can either upload your notes directly to the portal, scan them, or send them to us electronically and we will upload them for you.

Important: Tests & Exams

If you use the SAS Exam Centre, please remember that all test and exam bookings must be submitted at least 10 BUSINESS DAYS ahead of when you intend to write.

In addition, the last day any bookings can be received is the first business day in November, March or July as appropriate for the semester.
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