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Writing Email: The Basics

This resource will provide you with the tools you need to write effective emails. Remember, email is forever. Once you send your email to your recipient it's very hard to recall it depending on what email service you are using. We've included resources that review how to send email to someone you do not know, ways to continue the conversation through emailing, types of information that should NOT be sent via email and including email attachments. Review the email etiquette tips from Purdue University. After you review the tips, check out the two sample emails attached below: What makes the first sample email inappropriate?  What makes the second sample email appropriate?


Email Exercise: Is this email appropriate or inappropriate?

Exercise: Review this email. Does the student write an appropriate email to his or her professor? How can the student improve this email before sending it to their professor? If you have suggestions on how to revise this email, take our email poll to the right.


To: professor

From: student@ personal email address

Subject: Our first assignment


I am not sure what the first assignment is asking us to do. Can you please explain.

Thank you.


Email Writing Resources

Check out these great tips on writing appropriate and content driven email. We hope these resources will help you write more effective email to your professors and beyond!


Email Poll: How would you revise the email?

What suggestions would you give the student in the email exercise to improve their email?


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