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Writing an effective email

tl;dr Send email from your Uni account, use a descriptive subject line (including ANTH 1002), sign your full name, and yeah, you can call us by our first names.

We love hearing from students. We do get a lot of emails. Don’t be offended if it takes a day to get back to you. Administrative matters should be sent to Ryan, the unit coordinator. You can write to Holly about the content of her lectures; she’d love to talk more about them with you. Tutors are also a good first contact for questions about class, assignments, and tutorial.

If you are having problems with Canvas, you can contact the eLearning Helpdesk using links found in the Help button on main left column in Canvas. You can also let your tutor and Ryan know what is happening, but they will not be able to fix any problems with the site software (crashes or long load times, e.g.).

If you write to Ryan, please allow 24 hours for a reply.

How to contact Ryan, Holly, and the tutors

  • Write from your University email address. Ryan will be automatically forwarding email from uni.sydney.edu.au (the student domain) to a special folder. If you write to Ryan from Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL or Compuserve, it will not get read.
  • Put ‘ANTH 1002’ in the subject line, along with a few search-friendly key words, like ‘essay’, ‘Mauss reading’, or ‘majoring in anthro’.
  • Sign with your full name, and give your student ID.
  • Give us all the information we need to answer your query. Tell Ryan who your tutor is. Tell Ryan or the tutors what exactly is your concern. Tell us what you know about the situation.

A good email

From: sqp3000@uni.sydney.edu.au
To: ryan.schram@sydney.edu.au
Subject: ANTH 1002: Question re cultural critique
Hi Ryan,
I had a question about the instructions for the cultural critique essay. On Canvas it says we should find a primary source that we can use to document the cultural constructs we will critique. I think I can make an argument about people’s assumptions about school based on memes I’ve seen circulating on public message boards. Would it be appropriate for me to use a meme as a primary source?
Best wishes,
Sarah Q. Public
SID: 9999999999

No problem! (And my reply?: “Ask your tutor.”)

Please keep these things in mind:

  • Read the unit outline and the other helpful guides to the class on Canvas. Many common questions are answered there. (You can ask questions about what you read there, but please refer to it in your email.)
  • Read your email before you hit “send.” Does it make sense? Is this what you want to say?
  • If you are following up on a previous email, or asking about an email to the whole class, then include the previous message below your message. In other words, make an email chain.
  • Make a habit of regularly checking your University email and Canvas for class and university announcements.
    • I recommend changing the settings in your Canvas account to send you notifications and announcements as emails.
    • Then use message filtering rules on your account on the student email server to put Canvas messages in a separate folder.
    • Be sure to leave these messages “unread” as they come in, and to check the folder at least once a day.

And some do not dos…

Don’t call. We probably won’t be there.

Don’t leave a “voice mail.” It’s not the 90s. Don’t send a fax either.

Don’t write a text message. That is, don’t write a single-line paragraph all in lowercase. Come to think of it, don’t write the message on your phone at all. Go home and do it at your computer. Imagine you are writing a letter.

1002/2020/email.txt · Last modified: 2020/08/18 19:57 by Ryan Schram (admin)