How to correspond with your professor
Hello! Most students who arrive at this page have been directed here by a professor. In all likelihood the professor believes that the student would benefit from some advice on how to correspond effectively with his or her professors by e-mail. Do not be alarmed if your professor directed you to this page. He or she did so to help you. Simply follow the advice below and re-send your e-mail.
The advice is simple:
- Address the professor as "Professor (last name)" unless he or she specifically directs you to do otherwise.
- Be clear about who you are and what class you are in.
- Be clear about the nature of your problem.
- Write in complete sentences without punctuation, spelling or grammatical mistakes.
- Be polite and respectful at all times.
Here is an example of an e-mail that meets these criteria.
Subject: Question about midterm
Dear Professor Smith:
My name is Connor James and I am in your Philosophy 002 class, which meets T,Th at 10:00 AM. I have a question about the midterm. You said in class that it will cover chapters 1-4 of the text, but I noticed that we only discussed the first half of chapter 3. Are we responsible for all of chapter 3 or just the part we discussed in class?
Thanks very much,
- When your professor responds to your e-mail with a satisfactory answer to your question, you should reply with a brief "thank you."