Email Etiquette 101

One of the popular ways to communicate nowadays are through emails especially in college. It is very important to get into the habit of checking your email daily. Try not to check your email hourly but try aiming for morning, afternoon, and at night. This way you won’t feel overwhelmed.

In college you will get your own student email address and it’s crucial to develop the habit of checking and using this email. With this account, you will received emails from the school, professors, and other important information.

If you have a personal email that you prefer to use, have your student account forward to your personal account. See your school’s IT office with any questions.

Please be reminded you will get many essential emails from the school so make it doesn’t go into the spam folder. Unsubscribe and clean out your personal email. Considering having two email accounts: a professional/personal one for school/work & another for non-personal such store newsletters, coupons or promotions.

Here are some tips on writing emails.

  • Address the person properly as you would in person. When in doubt use “Dear (insert last name),”
  • Insert a short and simple subject line such as Homework Questions ANTHRO 103
  • Spell check and reread for grammar and punctuations
  • Make sure to type the whole word out
  • Do not use any form of “slang” or shorten of the word/phrase such as “TTUL” or “LOL”
  • Use line spacing to separate your ideas
  • Do not write “Hey”!
  • Respond in a timely manner, usually within a day.
  • End the email with a signature such as “Sincerely”, “All the best”, or “Kind Regard” and your name.

Always remember to keep it professional when writing an email. See example below.

email example

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