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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