How to E-mail Your Professor

How to E-mail Your Professor
1) Summery

Wellesley College written guidelines show how to email your professor properly. The article discusses not just emailing your professor but also to your employer, job supervisors, class deans and etc. According to their guidelines you should treat your email as if it was a business letter until you know well enough of your professor’s preferences. There is no need to be too formal, but don’t be too informal either. Here are some examples from their guidelines. ”Dear Professor Kelly” would be considered too formal, but it would be just fine if it was for a business purpose. Also do not treat your email like if it was a text message by using emoticons or abbreviations. Also, would considered to be improper for your reader. Also always check your spelling and grammar. It shows that you care of how you present yourself.

Basically what this is about, is the proper way of emailing your professor and to also most importantly be respectful to your professors and be clear in your messages.

2) Response

How I responded to these guidelines is how to email your professor the correct way. I never thought saying “Dear” at the beginning of your email would be “too formal”. I’ve learned that you really have to be careful when you email your professors; also that you have to be really patient when receiving emails for an response. There are so many rules to follow, but mostly its common sense when emailing not just your professors, but also for business purposes. Always respect your reader and make your messages clear for them to read. Remember to type your messages in order for your reader to understand your concern, questions, or what ever you need.

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2 responses to “How to E-mail Your Professor

  1. Cynthia,

    How interesting. Its amazing when you sit back and really think about how much short slang and text lingo has crept into our written world. I catch myself all the time pressing the backspace button again and again for lingo bug that would not be very relevant in a formal setting. The growing diversity of our digital culture opens the door for more opportunities for this “bug” to creep in.

  2. Re-commenting: I have always made sure to try to clearly state my e-mails, I also have never found the word dear to be too formal as well. The reason it is best to clearly state words and meaning is because everyone these days will with out much notice use text lingo in improper situations and this can lead to seem unprofessional and misunderstandings.

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