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

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<ul><li> 1. COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR PROFESSORS: A Students Guide to SurvivalCompiled by Steve Fox, Updated February 2012</li></ul> <p> 2. YO, PROF! 3. NO TO YO! </p> <ul><li>RULE NO. 1 </li></ul> <ul><li>First impressions matter.Trust me, they do. </li></ul> <ul><li>Say No to the Yo. </li></ul> <ul><li>Use proper Salutations.Find out how your professor wants to be addressed.</li></ul> <p> 4. ANSWER ME NOW! 5. PATIENCE </p> <ul><li>RULE NO. 2 </li></ul> <ul><li>Professors are busy people, be patient. </li></ul> <ul><li>If you send an e-mail at 2 a.m. and expect a response by 2:15 a.m., youre not being realistic. </li></ul> <ul><li>Be courteous.Check for grammar and spelling in your e-mail. Dont use text-speak. Never EVER send an e-mail in anger. </li></ul> <p> 6. IM IN CRISIS! 7. TIMING IS KEY </p> <ul><li>RULE NO. 3 </li></ul> <ul><li>If youre having trouble editing that video file at midnight, fight the urge to gchat with your professor. </li></ul> <ul><li>Remember that inappropriately informal and/or unprofessional emails leave indelible marks. </li></ul> <ul><li>If you wait until the last minute to ask for help, youre shooting yourself in the foot. </li></ul> <p> 8. BE MY FRIEND? 9. A FINE LINE </p> <ul><li>RULE NO. 4 </li></ul> <ul><li>Different professors have different policies regarding social media. Find out what they are. </li></ul> <ul><li>LinkedIn is a good way to network upon graduation, but check with your professors. </li></ul> <ul><li>DecideNOW : Is Social Media a playground or a place to network?</li></ul> <ul><li>Respect the e-mail chain.Dont forward e-mails without permission. </li></ul> <p> 10. TECHNOLOGY IS WONDERFUL 11. BUT.. </p> <ul><li>RULE NO. 5 </li></ul> <ul><li>Face-to-face communication still matters. </li></ul> <ul><li>The value of the five-minute drop-in with your professor is often underestimated. </li></ul> <ul><li>Professors remember conversations in person, not e-mail exchanges.Show up and talk to your professor. Make an impression. </li></ul> <p> 12. Go Grab The Ball! </p>


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