Write an Email

  1. Always include a sub­ject
    1. In the sub­ject, include the course num­ber (and sec­tion num­ber, if it is a 100 lev­el class) for the class
    2. Also include some rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion
  2. Begin with a salu­ta­tion. If you’re writ­ing to an instruc­tor don’t know whether they go by Pro­fes­sor, Dr., Mr., Mrs., Ms., etc., err on the side of cau­tion and address them as Dr.
  3. Obey the ordi­nary con­ven­tions of the Eng­lish lan­guage
  4. Don’t ask ques­tions the answers to which are eas­i­ly dis­cov­ered on the syl­labus, in class notes, in pre­vi­ous emails, on Black­board, etc.
  5. Include a sub­scrip­tion and sig­na­ture
  6. It’s prob­a­bly a good idea to get a pro­fes­sion­al email address, i.e., hotness4eva@hotmail.com is not real­ly an appro­pri­ate email address for pro­fes­sion­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion


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