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Two Ways to Email Your TF a Ques: One’s Right

March 19, 2014

The way you choose to communicate with your TF makes a huge impression and can set the tone for your relationship. Let’s imagine that you’d really like to schedule a meeting in order to go over some material you’ve missed, but your schedule doesn’t line up with your TF’s office hours. Here’s an example of what not to do:


I missed class this a.m. & really need to catch up before Friday’s exam. I can’t make your office hours, can you meet me this afternoon?

– Jane”

Now, here’s how you should phrase it, because this is polite and provides your TF with useful information about you:

“Dear Sarah,

This is John Smith. I’m in your Wednesday morning discussion section. Unfortunately, I had to miss class this morning and was hoping we could meet in order to discuss the material I missed. My schedule conflicts with your office hours and I was wondering if you’d be available to meet with me at a different time. I know you’re very busy, but I’d greatly appreciate it. Thank you very much!”

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