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!
- First impressions matter.Trust me, they do.
- Use proper Salutations.Find out how your professor wants to be addressed.
4. ANSWER ME NOW! 5. PATIENCE
- 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
- 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
- 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..
- 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!