E-Mail Etiquette: A Student's Guide to Survival

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  • 1. COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR PROFESSORS: A Students Guide to SurvivalCompiled by Steve Fox, Updated February 2012

2. YO, PROF! 3. NO TO YO!

  • RULE NO. 1
  • First impressions matter.Trust me, they do.
  • Say No to the Yo.
  • Use proper Salutations.Find out how your professor wants to be addressed.

4. ANSWER ME NOW! 5. PATIENCE

  • RULE NO. 2
  • Professors are busy people, be patient.
  • If you send an e-mail at 2 a.m. and expect a response by 2:15 a.m., youre not being realistic.
  • Be courteous.Check for grammar and spelling in your e-mail. Dont use text-speak. Never EVER send an e-mail in anger.

6. IM IN CRISIS! 7. TIMING IS KEY

  • RULE NO. 3
  • If youre having trouble editing that video file at midnight, fight the urge to gchat with your professor.
  • Remember that inappropriately informal and/or unprofessional emails leave indelible marks.
  • If you wait until the last minute to ask for help, youre shooting yourself in the foot.

8. BE MY FRIEND? 9. A FINE LINE

  • RULE NO. 4
  • Different professors have different policies regarding social media. Find out what they are.
  • LinkedIn is a good way to network upon graduation, but check with your professors.
  • DecideNOW : Is Social Media a playground or a place to network?
  • Respect the e-mail chain.Dont forward e-mails without permission.

10. TECHNOLOGY IS WONDERFUL 11. BUT..

  • RULE NO. 5
  • Face-to-face communication still matters.
  • The value of the five-minute drop-in with your professor is often underestimated.
  • Professors remember conversations in person, not e-mail exchanges.Show up and talk to your professor. Make an impression.

12. Go Grab The Ball!