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"Good English, well spoken and well written, will open more doors than a college degree. Bad English will slam doors you didn't even know existed." --- William Raspberry
Guidelines for Communicating with Your Instructors
The way in which you communicate and present yourself when writing to your instructors is extremely important.
You should view it as a professional exchange. How you choose to interact conveys your level of seriousness and professionalism. It not only affects how you're viewed, but it also determines how much time your instructor is going to take to deal with your issues. If you come off as rude, clueless, or irresponsible, it will affect how your instructor responds. This will have consequences for how the instructor interacts with you and possibly also how they evaluate you. As with any professional interaction, it is in your best interest to be respectful, polite, and courteous when communicating with instructors. Your emails, and the words you use, are a reflection of you and your attitudes.
General rules of thumb:
• When in doubt about how you should speak, write, or act, always err on the side of formality. You will never offend or annoy someone by being overly formal and polite.
• While you are in college, your coursework is your job. You should behave as you would in a professional work environment.
• Be alert to the tone of your message. Consider whether anything you have written might sound rude or offensive.
• Be clear and concise.
• Write in complete sentences with correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Proofread your email before sending it.
• If you haven't done so already, do away with the cutesy, offensive, or childish email addresses. They are inappropriate in professional interactions. Ideally, you should use your college email account.
• Make sure the emails you send display your full name in the "From" field. When the recipient looks at their inbox, it helps them if they can see immediately who the message is from and recognize you as a student in their class.
• Always use an informative subject line.
• Before sending an email, check what you have written is appropriate.
• Allow time for a response.
Some common mistakes you should avoid:
• Do not email to ask basic questions you can answer yourself by looking at the student handbook, syllabus or textbook.
• Do not make demands.
• Do not email to ask what your current grade is, or how many points you need on the final to get a certain grade in the class. You have access to all your grades through BlackBoard or Testout/Labsim. The syllabus describes how the portions of the course are weighted and how your final grade in the class is calculated.
• Do not use your email to vent, rant, or whine.
• Do not share inappropriate personal details.
• Do not use email as a substitute for face-to-face conversation. Many issues are often better handled in person than by email.
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