College students, there are some tips and guidelines for you, if you want to get more from emailing your professor. Michael Leddy, a professor, has written a guideline based on his experiences from reading his student’s emails. Summary of the main points are:
- Write from your college or university e-mail account.
- Include the course number in your subject line.
- Choose an appropriate greeting.
- Avoid rote apologies for missing class.
- Avoid direct requests.
- Proofread what you’ve written.
- Sign with your full name, course number, and meeting time.
- Don’t send unexpected attachments.
- When you get a reply, say thanks.
I understand where Michael guideline’s is coming from – I guess he has received many emails from students who expect him to remember which class are they in, do not treat email as a formal communication tool, and do not understand a professor may need to lecture many subjects per semester. Nevertheless, the guideline spells out very clearly on things should do on sending emails.
Thanks Michael for passing this along!
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