A manual notetaker produces handwritten notes for the deaf learner in a structured format, showing the main points. The student can then adapt these notes later to suit their own style. The notetaker may sit next to the learner or, if this is not desired, in a place in the class room/lecture theatre where they can hear and view any spoken and visual information.
The manual notetaker will highlight important points of the text, link the text with any handouts or tasks needed by the client and ensure the client is aware of any issues arising in the meeting or lecture. They can also make annotations on handouts, diagrams or pictorial information and can provide notetaking services on outdoor excursions or field trips.