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Things to consider when contacting an academic

Further information

Prior to emailing a member of staff, make sure to follow the Faculty of Law policies regarding email etiquette. 

Do

  • Begin with a formal statement. “Dear Mark,” works fine
  • End with a proper closing statement. “Regards,” is appropriate
  • Be clear, concise and direct about what you are asking, but avoid being rude
  • Sign your name and student number
  • Proofread
  • Act graciously if you have made a mistake

Do not

  • Use txt speak...lol
  • Ask your lecturer and your tutor the same question in separate emails and pick your favourite answer

Example of an email you do not want to send

Wassup?
About my esay. Were is it? I went to the ofice on Sat. but it was closed. so I slipped it under the door. My bad. lol.

Example of an email you may prefer to send

Dear Tutor,


I am writing to inform you that I am unable to attend the tutorial on Tuesday, February 23. I have arranged to attend the tutorial on Thursday of the same week instead. I apologise if this causes any inconvenience.

Kind regards,
Student

Questions are usually answered most easily in person. Attend tutes and ask questions during that time.

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