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However, it seems like there is a bit of confusion about some of the formalities that should be used when emailing your lecturers. So, here’s some basic tips for creating that A+ email:
Hiya! Hey! S’up?! Yo!
Sounds natural when you’re meeting your mates outside the SU, right? However, it’s probably not the most appropriate greeting for your lecturer. Why not try a nice “Dear” or “Good morning/afternoon/evening” to get the ball rolling. After the initial email, see how they start their reply – if they say “Hi SU” (or whatever your name is), you’ll be okay to also use that at the beginning of any subsequent responses.
Please, we’re begging you, use proper grammar. If you use any slang or acronyms, it’s highly likely that most of the people reading your email aren’t young enough to know what they all mean - including us! We’re not asking for the Queen’s English to be used but a little bit of sentence structure wouldn’t go amiss.
Staff are here to help, but they need a bit more guidance than “I don’t know what to do for my essay.” There are two things that you can do to make sure you get the answer you need:
We love a gif, but there’s a time and a place. Hitting us up on Twitter? Of course we want to see your gif game. Asking your professor for a meeting to talk about an upcoming essay? Probably not the best place to send a gif of someone hitting their head off a desk.
Ultimately, these tips come down to you appreciating that university is a professional organisation, so there is an expectation that this is reflected by yourselves also. Remember, if you feel like you need a bit more support with writing, CeDAS have workshops, lectures, drop-ins and one-to-one tutorials focused on academic writing and communication. Find out more info here.
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