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12.17.2: Emailing Your Professor - Ten Tips
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- Put your class/section in the subject line, followed by the nature of the communication. (ENGL 151:04 Illness)
- Use an appropriate standard greeting, such as “Dear Professor Shaw” or “Good Morning.” Never “Hey.”
- Keep the message on point. “My question about today’s assignment is this:”
- Write in standard English—no “textspeak” or slang.
- Always sign your name at the end (full name if you are unknown to the recipient or first name if you are known).
- Never ask your professor if you missed anything important; of course you have.
- Don’t share too much personal detail if you miss class. An absence is an absence.
- If you will be missing class, always ask what you need to do to keep current.
- Never forward jokes, memes, or chain letters to your professor.
- Make readers want to respond. Your email is a reflection of you, your work habits, and your professionalism.