Email Etiquette in College
You probably haven’t thought much about email etiquette, but for college students there are some important situations to consider, such as contacting a professor. Let’s be honest. Students mostly email professors because they need something, so it’s important to email the right way to start off on their good side.
Let’s say you turned in a paper late and want to make sure your professor received it. You think to yourself that a little follow-up email is appropriate. How do you write it though?
You certainly do not start with “’sup teach, my bad on that late paper…” You want professors to take you seriously with emails, so being as formal and clear with your message as possible is key.
The proper way to start an email is “Hello, my name is (insert name here) from your (insert class here).” You have to remember that these professors have hundreds of students each semester. They may not remember you just by seeing your name, even if they remember you when they see your face.
A good thing about Angelo State is most of the professors are pretty personable and get to know their students. Like I said though, it’s possible they won’t remember you from your name alone, so be sure to start off every email with your name and what class you are in with that professor just to make it easier on them.
Since, in this situation, we are asking if they are grading a late paper, you are already on their bad side. We have to be very careful on how we word this email.
After your name and class, you can then say something like, “I understand that this paper was turned in late, however, if you have the time, please look over it at the very least. I worked very hard on it and would like some feedback. Especially on the part of (if you actually wrote a good paper include something interesting in it here just to make it seem like you know what you are talking about).
At the very least, thank the professor for his or her consideration. You can say “Thanks in advance.”
From here, it’s basically a coin toss if they look at it.
It also depends on what time of the semester it is, too. If it’s a final paper, they probably won’t even look at it. If it’s in the beginning of the semester, what are you doing turning in papers late already? My point is that if you are acting like a fool and turning things in late then, yes, it can’t hurt to communicate with your professor. Just be polite because you’re already pressing your luck.