Notetaking & Upload Tips for Notetakers

Uploading Notes to McBurney Connect

Notetakers will upload all of their notes (lecture, discussion and lab, if applicable) to McBurney Connect (Uploading Your Notes Training Video). Notes should be provided from the first day of class forward, unless otherwise specified. If you have further questions, contact the Notetaking Coordinator.

  • The maximum allowable file size is 10 MB per upload. (You will get an unspecified error message if you exceed 10 MB.)
  • Acceptable File Types.

Tips for Taking Notes

  • Decide which notetaking style (e.g., Cornell method, outlining, mapping, etc.), would be most effective for the course content.
  • Typed notes are the preferred method for most lectures.
  • For a clear scan when taking handwritten notes: only use the front side of the paper, do not write on the back and use a black or blue pen
  • Include course title, number and date of the notes in the top left corner of every page of notes.
  • Include the page number on the right corner of every page of notes.
  • Include notes on any assignments given or dates for upcoming exams, papers, or other evaluative material on the first or last page of notes.
  • If there were no notes for a particular class meeting, write the following along with the reason for no notes: “No notes for the class on 11/08/2017. Instructor dismissed class for library research.”
  • Include information on the board, from overheads, and PowerPoint presentations. Although the slides may seem complete, all additional lecture information and class discussion should be included.
  • Include any information the instructor indicates will be on the exam.
  • Include notes from videos or other media outlets that contain information for which students will be evaluated.
  • Listen for indicators during class such as: Summaries, Hypotheticals, Recurring Themes, Emphasis, Numbered Lists, Questions and Responses.

Converting Handwritten Paper Notes to PDF Files

Flatbed or Sheet Feed Scanning (Preferred)

  1. Scan on computer (list of Campus InfoLabs) or photo copier  (List of Libraries)
  2. Use 150 to 300 dpi as resolution
  3. Save or to hard drive
  4. Upload to McBurney Connect via any browser
  5. Back up to Box or Google Drive

iPhone or iPad

Use iPhoto App to export as PDF

  1. Take photos
  2. Export as PDF
  3. Save to Box App, Google Drive App or iCloud
  4. Upload from Safari to McBurney Connect

CamScanner App for iOS

  1. Take photos
  2. Edit the photos (to adjust for keystoning, color)
  3. Save to Box App, Google Drive App or iCloud
  4. Upload from Safari to McBurney Connect

TurboScan App for iOS

  1. Take photos
  2. Edit the photos (to adjust for keystoning, color)
  3. Save to Box App, Google Drive App or iCloud
  4. Upload from Safari to McBurney Connect

Android Phone or Tablet

CamScanner App for Android

  1. Take photos
  2. Edit the photos (to adjust for keystoning, color)
  3. Save locally or to Google Drive App
  4. Upload from Chrome to McBurney Connect

TurboScan App for Android

  1. Take photos
  2. Edit the photos (to adjust for keystoning, color)
  3. Save to locally or to Google Drive App
  4. Upload from Chrome to McBurney Connect

Office Lens App for Android

  1. Take photos
  2. Edit the photos
  3. Save to OneNote
  4. Upload from Chrome to McBurney Connect