How to convince a teacher to let you retake a test

I failed my first test and I'm nervous for my grade..

"Wrong" is a weird word to describe it. You can definitely ask, but the professor is not obligated to do anything for you. Syllabi are like contracts that the professor can and will stick to.

Maybe they'll decide to do something for you out of the goodness of their heart. Maybe extra credit or something. But again, they don't have to.

Still, you won't know for sure unless you ask. So ask. It's not wrong. Just be prepared for them to tell you "no".

If they say no to the retest, they may say yes to other ways of helping your grade.

Very often, a single test has less than a 10% impact on your final grade.
You have lots of tests/assignments/ exams to make up the bulk of your grade. Your syllabus (or the instructor) can give you more details.

As /u/Aaroniero says above, the syllabus is like a contract. If your grade or GPA puts you in competition with other students there is a question of fairness. Why give you an advantage over other students who took the same test?

As /u/NapAfternoon says, build a relationship. All those things – showing up to class, being prepared, taking good notes, doing the assignments, making office hour appointments to clarify things you don't quite understand. these all show the professor that you are engaged and trying. They do tend to be more lenient if they can see you are consistently and genuinely trying.

In six years and two degrees of higher education, I've never known a professor to offer a re-test, re-submission of an assignment, or extra work for extra credit. Sorry.

If you are worried about your grade, go to your professor during their office hours. Explain that you failed the first test and are nervous. They will probably offer all sorts of ways to help. Meeting with him or her (or a TA) during office hours, finding a tutor, other resources at your institution. It's just one test, it's still early in the semester. As long as you come to class, participate, take good notes, and keep meeting with your professor, you should be fine.

Perhaps you can work to build up a relationship with your professor by meeting with them during their office hours and participating in class. That way when you meet with them to ask about re-taking the test or getting extra credit they know who you are and know the effort you are putting into the class. Professors are more lenient if they know you are putting in effort in their class.

I find that the best option to do in this scenario is to get with your professor and discuss the grade. Tell them you are disheartened by your grade and would like to discuss what can be done to ensure you pass the class. Sometimes that can include an offer to retest, or an option for extra credit. It may just constitute them suggesting office hours and study methods though. You have to understand that professors get a lot of pissing and moaning from kids who just don't want to study. If you approach them like an adult and make attempts to plan for a better future, they are often more willing to give you some slack.

In addition, check your syllabus for late testing and retake policy, if there is one in place that's where it will be.

I personally once made an email to a professor along the same lines and she let me retake a test. Just be a respectful responsible adult about it, but don't expect anything.

If you must send an email simply ask whether you can collect and/or review your graded exam to learn from it. Then use your textbook to look up what you got wrong rather than asking the professor to spend time reteaching the material for you.

The semester is over. The course you paid for is over. Your professor has moved on to other commitments (research, writing, summer courses, etc., perhaps even another job if the prof was an adjunct).


Go to his/her office hours and ask to go over the exam. Asking for more points on the exam is a bad idea in my opinion, but it can’t hurt to ask if about extra credit opportunities (just don’t be pushy about it).

Work it baby

If you haven’t figured out that college is a game, and that grades are part of that game, then line up with all the other otters and each fish on your bellies between classes. Look, you hit up the prof, whine like he just took your last quarter, and squeeze as many points from that exam as you can. If it’s a female professor, you’re probably good for at least 5 more points than older white male professor. It’s a tech school, so you’re bound to have a few Asian profs too. Make it a point to say how hard it is to understand them, and you can probably squeeze the Asian prof for a few extra points as well.

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don’t be a points grubber wrote:

Don’t ask/beg for points, you’re just creating an awkward situation where the prof has to explain the concept of fairness to you (why should you get special treatment, over everyone else?). What you *can* do to help your situation is go to office hours (if the prof holds them) and work through any problems that you don’t understand. That will show that you really want to improve. Remember, at the end of the semester the prof takes all of your test & homework scores and through a somewhat magical process converts them to a letter grade. That process has wiggle room, and the “intangibles” such as showing improvement, attending office hours, extra credit, etc can make a difference.

^This is the correct approach.

Wait until after your next class meeting to first see if the professor returns the exams. Don’t ask for a special meeting to go over the exam before you know whether the professor plans to either provide the class with the solutions or go over them exam in class when they are returned. You may also not yet know the distribution of grades on the exam. If you earn a 60% on an exam, you may think that you did really poorly, but maybe the class average was a 50%. If after they are returned and the solutions posted, you still have questions, then ask for an appointment to meet with the professor, which then allows you to inquire about extra credit opportunities.

I teach an advanced elective course where the students now have 16 years (32 semesters) worth of old exams along with their solutions available on the class website. Before the two exams in the class, I tell the students that the #1 thing they can do to prepare for the exam is to study the old exams, because the types of questions are not meant to be a surprise. If you look at just a few semesters of exams, you will see how certain types of questions repeat (with different numbers) and that the structure of the exam has not changed. I want them to learn how to apply certain formulas and concepts to the project we work on over the semester. They are told the same thing on the first day of class as well.

Yet, every semester I have about 15-25% of the students who barely study the old exams and thus self-select into a poor grade on the tests. This is great for the final grade distribution of the class, but a bit annoying when a couple of these students want to meet with me to go over the exam before I have returned them or posted the solutions. I always begin by asking how many of the old exams they worked through in their preparation. Once we establish that they did not take my advice and study the old exams, they generally understand what they need to do differently for the final exam.

Appeal Letter to Retake Exam

If you have a legitimate reason, writing an appeal letter to retake an exam can be very effective. College professors and middle/high school teachers are people who can be sympathetic to your situation.

If the letter is being sent as a hard copy, then it should be in the proper business format, otherwise, if the letter is being emailed, it should have an appropriate subject line and proper grammar.

  1. State who you are and what class you are in.
  2. State the reason why you missed the exam or did poorly on it.
  3. Ask for your professor/teacher’s consideration to retake the exam.
  4. Thank them for their consideration.
  • Be sure to attach/enclose any supporting documents such as a doctors note.
  • Do not demand to retake the test, be polite in your letter.
  • Be sure to send your letter in a timely manner.

Appeal Letter to Retake College Exam

My name is Howie Washington and I am a student in your Biology 201 class.

I did not perform up to my potential on the most recent exam on April 5 because of a family emergency. On April 2, my mom had a stroke and was hospitalized so I drove 4 hours back home to be with her and stayed with her until she was released on the evening of April 4. Unfortunately, this meant that I was unable to perform up to my potential on the April 5 exam. I have attached the hospital record in this email as proof of my situation. I would appreciate it if you gave me the opportunity to retake the exam. You can contact me by email with your decision.

Try asking. Don’t overthink it. Just ask, with your reasons why.

What grade did you get?

First of all, found out for yourself if the head of department will not allow retakes. I don’t know about your school but if you were within ten marks of the next grade, they’ll remark it, and if you’re one or two grades under your projected grade, they let you retake it. Check if the same policy applies at your school. Also, you may not be allowed to only retake ONE of your core science exam, you might have to retake it all.

My advice is that you go and ask your hod if you can retake, explaining why you might have not gotten the desired grade (“i felt a little sick that day/I was incredibly nervous and worried/for some reason I didn’t process and answer the questions the right way” but be prepared to get rejected, or given the choice where you repeat everything, or nothing.

If you aren’t allowed to retake that particular test, and you’re really desperate, I’d suggest you get a teacher (preferably one that likes you and was slightly disappointed with your grade – not that it was a bad grade) and ask them to fight for you on their behalf. Adults are more likely to follow another adults request than a high school students one.

Don’t forget to be prepared for rejection, and don’t beat yourself up over it. And as jneill said, don’t overthink, its probably not as bad as you think it will be. Good luck!.

I don’t know if you mean you’re joining year 12 or are already in year 12 (so you’ve spent almost an academic year doing subjects you don’t like).

If you’re already in year 12 the only realistic option would be to repeat year 12 with subjects you’re actually interested in and benefit your future career. It’s too late to learn a whole years worth of content alongside year 13 content.

But if you’re joining year 12 for the first time your best option would be to show that you’re committed to achieving good results in the subject. If you give up as soon as they say no they’ll assume you’re not serious about the subject. I know students who were persistently seeking out the head of year, head of sixth form, and the head teacher until eventually they accepted them onto the course despite being one grade below the requirement. You have to be patient and ask for a chance to prove you’re good enough for the course.

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I don’t know if you mean you’re joining year 12 or are already in year 12 (so you’ve spent almost an academic year doing subjects you don’t like).

If you’re already in year 12 the only realistic option would be to repeat year 12 with subjects you’re actually interested in and benefit your future career. It’s too late to learn a whole years worth of content alongside year 13 content.

But if you’re joining year 12 for the first time your best option would be to show that you’re committed to achieving good results in the subject. If you give up as soon as they say no they’ll assume you’re not serious about the subject. I know students who were persistently seeking out the head of year, head of sixth form, and the head teacher until eventually they accepted them onto the course despite being one grade below the requirement. You have to be patient and ask for a chance to prove you’re good enough for the course.

Your algebra teacher wears clothes from 1985 and always mispronounces your name. Your English teacher loves to start classes with pop quizzes. It can be hard to think of these givers of grades as real people. But they eat pizza, watch movies, and enjoy sports on the weekends, just like you.

So how can you get along with your teachers? Here are some tips.

Why Work on Good Relationships With Teachers?

A good relationship with a teacher today may help you in the future. You will need teachers’ written recommendations to apply to a college or for a job after high school. And if you’re thinking about going into a career in science, who better to ask about the field than your science teacher?

Teachers are often plugged into the community and may be the first to find out about local competitions, activities, or contests. They also may know about grants and scholarships. Sonia’s Spanish teacher found out about a contest for exchange program scholarships in Brazil and Spain. Her teacher encouraged and guided her, and Sonia’s months and months of work earned her a scholarship as an exchange student.

Teachers are often asked to appoint students to student offices or they may recommend students as volunteers for special community programs. All of these activities can help you get into college or get a good job.

Teachers are another group of adults in your life who can look out for you, guide you, and provide you with an adult perspective. Many are willing to answer questions, offer advice, and help with personal problems.

Developing Good Teacher-Student Relationships

We all have our favorite teachers — those who seem truly interested and treat us as intelligent beings. But what about teachers we don’t know as well (or even don’t like much)?

You can do lots of things to get a good connection going with your teacher. First, do the obvious stuff: show up for class on time, with all assignments completed. Be alert, be respectful, and ask questions.

Show an interest in the subject. Obviously, your teachers are really interested in their subjects or they wouldn’t have decided to teach them! Showing the teacher that you care — even if you’re not a math whiz or fluent in French — sends the message that you are a dedicated student.

You can also schedule a private conference during a teacher’s free period. Use this time to get extra help, ask questions, inquire about a career in the subject, or talk about your progress in class. You may be surprised to learn that your teacher is a bit more relaxed one-on-one than when lecturing in front of the whole class.

It is possible to try too hard, though. Here are some things to avoid when trying to establish a relationship with your teacher:

    Not being sincere. Teachers sense when your only motivation is to get special treatment, a college reference, or a job recommendation.

Common Teacher-Student Problems

If you’re having problems with a teacher, try to figure out why. Do you dislike the subject? Or do you like the subject but just can’t warm up to the teacher?

If you don’t like the subject being taught, it can affect your relationship with the teacher. Some students say it helps them to think of classes that seem like chores as stepping stones toward a bigger goal, like getting a diploma or going on to college. This allows students to keep the class in perspective.

Other students say they try to find the practical value in classes they don’t like. You may hate math, but learning how to calculate averages and percentages can help you in everything from sports to leaving a tip.

If you find a subject hard, talk to your teacher or a parent about extra tutoring. If you find it boring, talk to your teacher (or another favorite teacher, friend, or parent) about ways to see the subject in a different light. Ian constantly fell asleep in his sophomore history class because the past seemed so removed from reality. But things changed when he mentioned his struggle over a project to his homeroom teacher. The teacher talked to Ian and found out that his great-grandfather had fought in World War II. The teacher suggested Ian use his great-grandfather’s letters in his project. Not only did Ian get an A, he also learned a lot about a family member he barely remembered from childhood.

What if you just don’t like the teacher? When it comes to working with teachers, personality can come into play just as it can in any relationship. People naturally just get along better with some people than with others — it’s impossible to like everyone all the time. Learning to work with people you don’t connect with easily is a good skill to have in life, no matter what your goals are.

If you feel at odds with your teacher, pick your battles carefully. Questioning a grade or asking to retake a test once is fine. But second-guessing a teacher’s judgment on your grades all the time may annoy him or her. Constantly squabbling over a few points on every assignment can cause friction in your relationship.

Common courtesy and respect are basic building blocks of any relationship. Just as teachers need to be fair and treat everyone equally, students have responsibilities, too. You don’t have to like your teacher or agree with what he or she says, but it is necessary to be polite. If you need to be out of school for medical or other reasons, let your teacher know. And it’s your responsibility to make up the work from missed classes. Don’t expect your teacher to hunt you down or take class time to fill you in.

Just like personal problems can sometimes slow you down, the same is true for your teachers. Job stress, family issues, or health problems are all factors that can affect a teacher’s performance, leaving him or her cranky, irritable, or unable to concentrate.

Keep in mind that too much disciplinary action can show up on a student’s permanent record. This means that when someone asks for your high school record, they can see the things you did — even if they happened years ago.

What to Do if You Don’t Get Along

Before you try to get out of a class to escape a teacher you don’t like, here are a few things you can try to make a difficult relationship work:

    Meet with the teacher and try to communicate what you’re feeling. Tell him or her what’s on your mind, using statements such as, “It embarrasses me in class when I feel like my intelligence is being put down” or “I can’t learn in class when I feel like only a few people ever get called on to participate.” See if you can work it out between the two of you.

Chances are that you won’t encounter physical or verbal abuse (like racist or sexist comments) in the classroom. But if a teacher has done or said anything that makes you uncomfortable, immediately report it to your parents, your guidance counselor, another teacher, the school principal, or an administrator.

Teachers are there for more than just homework, and they know about more than just their subject matter. They can help you learn how to function as an adult and a lifelong learner. Undoubtedly, there will be a few teachers along the way who you’ll always remember — and who might change your life forever.

Tell your teacher the reason for your poor grade on the test – if they ask. It’s very possible your teacher will ask why you need the retake. In that case, be honest. Letting them know helps them assess how they can best help you succeed in their class.

How do you ask to reschedule a test?

  1. Make sure you have a legitimate reason(s) that you would like the exam date to be changed.
  2. Write a proper email subject line.
  3. Begin the email with an appropriate greeting.
  4. Introduce yourself.
  5. Explain your purpose of emailing.
  6. State your reasons for needing an extension.

How do I convince my teacher to accept late homework?

Put in the effort: 6 etiquette tips for turning in a late…

  1. Talk to the professor as early as possible.
  2. Keep excuses to a minimum.
  3. Take personal responsibility.
  4. Turn in quality work.
  5. Don’t get upset if points are taken off.
  6. Assure the professor that this won’t happen again and follow through.

Do professors usually round up grades?

It varies from person to person. I typically bump up any grade between 78.5 and 80 to 80. If your grade is really 79.6, I think 9 out of 10 professors will round it up to 80, since the final grade is usually an integer, and the other choice—79 makes less sense in this case.

What happens if professors don’t submit grades on time?

Grades are typically entered into the Student Information System by faculty by a certain deadline. If they miss the deadline, then the department chair and the registrar will contact them and instruct them to enter the grades immediately.

Can you argue a grade in college?

A grade dispute is a university policy where you can challenge your college course grade. When filing a grade appeal, the school will have strict rules that must be followed. Check your student handbook for the allowed categories for a grade dispute.

Do professors let you retake tests?

Professors are more lenient if they know you are putting in effort in their class. I personally once made an email to a professor along the same lines and she let me retake a test. Just be a respectful responsible adult about it, but don’t expect anything.

How do you ask your professor for a grade?

Write your full name at the beginning and then create a polite ask. For example, you can start with the words, “I would appreciate it if you could explain to me some things about my grades in your class”. Then describe your concerns shortly. Try to be very specific to make a respectful and polite concern.

Can the dean change your grade?

The dean does not have the authority to change a student’s grade without consulting with the chairperson and the professor who gave the grades. As indicated in the process, the chairperson is the one who is responsible for every aspect of the department that includes the instructors who gave the grades.

How long does a professor have to change a grade?

Note that many professors will require you to wait at least 24 hours after receiving a grade to discuss it with them. This encourages students to review the material carefully during that time rather than reacting harshly or in a hostile manner after receiving a poor grade.

What happens if a professor fails too many students?

The professor is paid to support students and help them succeed in a discipline in which the professor himself is an expert. If an entire class failed, hordes of overprotective parents would call the dean and demand why not a single student was able to pass the class.

Why do some professors give hard tests?

Many times professors will put difficult problems on tests to verify you understand the material and know what to do in a general sense rather than just being able to plug and chug familiar problems with some numbers changed around.

How do you beg your professor for a passing grade?

Sit in the front of the class, take copious notes, ask questions ( yes, even if they are dumb ), ask the professor if he will be offering after class tutorials and if he does go to every one of them ) – hand in all assignments as perfectly as you can, do not ever skip a class, take all exams and you will get a passing …

Can professors drop students after the drop date?

Can my professor drop me from the course after the final drop date? An instructor cannot drop students after the final drop date. It is the student’s responsibility to drop a class by the deadline. After the nine-week 50% drop deadline, a letter grade must be assigned for the student at the end of the course.

How long does it take to grade a paper?

You will probably get more responses if you include more specific information. It would depend on the type of assignment. Anywhere from 30 seconds to 30 minutes (or longer) depending on what it is.

One practice I’ve recently called into question is the age-old tradition of giving students a summative assessment over the material and making that assessment a significant portion of their grade. At first glance, this kind of testing makes sense. It’s a punctuation mark at the end of a unit, a way to check that students have mastered the material. But what about those who haven’t, the ones whose test scores don’t show mastery? Admittedly, in the past, I often simply recorded their grades, shook my head in frustration, and moved on. But maybe there’s a better way. Should I allow my students to retake tests?

Turns out, letting kids with unsatisfactory scores retake their tests is a better way to ensure learning. Here’s why.

1. It respects students with test-taking issues.

One of the major causes of test anxiety is a fear of failure. Eliminating the do-or-die nature of testing can help alleviate this fear and improve students’ scores. Allowing students to retake tests also reduces stress for kids who have multiple tests on the same day, a late-night ball game, a late shift at work, responsibilities at home, or any number of things that can make studying difficult.

2. Allowing kids to retake tests reduces cheating.

Kids cheat for a number of reasons—because they are unprepared or lazy or because cheating is easy and commonly accepted among their peers. There’s no way to eliminate all the factors that lead to cheating. But some kids cheat because they feel pressured to do well. It’s my hope that being allowed to retake tests will keep them honest, not only because the pressure is off, but also because they see that I respect their learning process and acknowledge issues that might contribute to a bad test grade. In turn, I hope this will give them a deeper respect for me and my class.

3. Allowing students to retake tests reflects the real world.

Without question, kids need to learn to buckle down and properly prepare for a test because life doesn’t always give you unlimited chances to meet a goal. Still, in “real life” kids will be allowed to retake driver’s tests, ACTs and SATs, or any number of licensing exams they might encounter as adults. So, teaching them that all testing is a one-shot deal is neither necessary nor helpful.

4. Ultimately, it makes them better studiers and test-takers.

Sometimes I make re-taking an exam optional. Sometimes, I require everyone who scored below a certain grade (say, 75%) to retake the test. Either way, when students know that repeating a test is a possibility, they will often work harder the first time around because they don’t want to face a retake—mandatory or optional.

5. Allowing students to retake tests makes them responsible for their own grade.

When students are given the option of re-taking tests, then they bear much of the responsibility for their final grade. This not only teaches them that reaching a goal (an A instead of a B) sometimes requires sacrifice and perseverance, but it also eliminates a lot of complaining come report card time.

6. It helps students evaluate their own learning.

In the past, when I would hand back exams, most students would take a quick look to see their grade then toss their test in the trash. Even if we went over the answers in class, many of them were just hoping to find a grading error rather than evaluating their own mistakes. But now that they know they can retake the exam to improve their grade, my kids are much more eager to see exactly what they missed and why. More importantly, they want to go back and learn the material they haven’t mastered. They are motivated to consider their learning, not just their grade.

7. Allowing students to retake tests gives me a more accurate picture of where I need to improve my instruction.

I admit it, like the kids, I can be tempted to focus on the final score. But knowing that my students will be re-taking an exam motivates me to figure out what I can do to better help them. Which questions are a lot of kids missing? Is there a particular concept the majority of students are struggling with? Is there something I need to reteach or approach differently? After all, it won’t do them any good to retake a test over material they still haven’t learned.

8. It ensures mastery.

Of course, the main reason I allow my students to retake tests is so that they actually learn what I am teaching. After an exam, I want them to know what concepts they didn’t get and then go back (with my help if necessary) and learn them. After all, if a student gets a passing grade, a C or a D, on one of my exams, that only means he has learned 60-70 percent of the material. I want my kids to know they can do better, and I want them to want to do better!

Realistically, there have to be some limitations to this system. I can’t give my students an infinite number of retakes. Otherwise, some of them would never buckle down and study, and others would never be satisfied with less than 100 percent. Still, giving them more than one opportunity to master the material and do well on the test has helped ensure real and lasting learning.

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How to convince a teacher to let you retake a test

Do you ever struggle with what to say to a professor in an email? Writing an email to a professor requires more thought than sending a text to a friend.

It’s important to treat interactions with your professors in a mature, competent way. When you do that, your professors will be more inclined to help you. Plus, you’ll demonstrate to them that you can conduct yourself professionally—which will impress them and make them remember you for when opportunities arise, give them positive things to say about you in letters of recommendation and more.

Today’s blog will provide multiple email templates that you can use when emailing your professor in any of these common situations.

Scheduling a Meeting

If you want to schedule a meeting with a professor to go over an assignment, ask clarifying questions from class or questions about an upcoming exam, but can’t attend your professor’s regular office hours, use this template:

Subject: Meeting About _____

Dear Professor (or however your professor address him/herself, i.e. Dr., first name, etc.) _____,

I hope all is well. I started working on my assignment for _____ and I just had a couple of questions to make sure that I am on the right track. I also wanted to ask a question about yesterday’s lesson on _____, as I was a little confused and I want to ensure that I fully understand the content for the test next week. I know on the syllabus you mentioned that you have available office hours at _____ but I am not able to make it. Will you be at your desk at _____ or _____.

Asking How to Improve Your Grade on an Assignment or Exam

If you’re unsatisfied with your grade on a recent assignment or exam, here is a template that will help you ask your professor on how to improve or if there are any extra credit options. Even though you’re probably frustrated with your grade, make sure to email your professor in a kind, professional way.

Subject: Extra Support on _____

Dear Professor _____,

I hope all is well and that you enjoyed your weekend. I saw that you posted the grades for our last reports. I was a little surprised and discouraged by my grade.

I was wondering if you offer any extra credit opportunities, revisions or if you have any advice for me on how to improve on a future assignment. Are you available to meet _____ or _____ to discuss my report and a plan? Let me know what works for you.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Requesting an Extension

If you’re having a really tough, busy few weeks and you have an important assignment coming up, but you need more time to complete it, here is a template on how to tell your professor what is going on and to kindly ask for an extension.

Be very specific about why you need an extension. Everyone is juggling multiple priorities, so telling your professor only that you’ve been “stressed out, sick or busy” isn’t enough. Explain the specific barriers you’ve faced when trying to complete the assignment. Even better, attach a note from your coach, employer or doctor who can attest to why you need an extension.

Subject: Extension on _____

Dear Professor _____,

I hope all is well. I have been extremely busy and stressed with assignments in other classes and with _____ (sports practice, on-campus job, other commitment, health condition, etc.). I do not think that I will be able to submit my best work to you with all of the other tasks on my agenda. I was wondering if you would consider granting me an extension on our upcoming project/paper and submit it by ______?

Asking for a Letter of Recommendation

If you know of a professor that you are close with or one who enjoys working with you, here is a template on how to ask for a recommendation for a future job or graduate school. Make sure that you give your professor at least two months’ notice so they have time to write a thoughtful recommendation.

Subject: Letter of Recommendation for _____

Dear Professor _____,

I hope all is well and that you had a great _____ (summer, winter break, fall semester, etc…) I am applying for a _____ (summer internship, full-time job, graduate program, summer program, etc…) at _____. I really value and appreciate how you have helped me grow as a student and cultivated my interest in ____. The position requires a letter of recommendation, and I was wondering if you would consider writing one for me?

If you are able to write it, I will follow up with a deadline and any additional information. I have attached a resume and cover letter below as a reference.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Information about a Particular Class

If you’re picking classes for the upcoming semester and you have researched a few classes or are unsure what you want to choose, here is a template that will help you ask a professor for more details on a class. If you have never taken a class with this professor before, make sure that you fully introduce yourself.

Subject: Information on _____

Dear Professor _____,

My name is _____ and I am a rising _____. I am trying to narrow down a few classes for the next semester. I am interested in _____ and I am considering majoring in _____. I was doing some research in the course catalog and I found your class. I am emailing you to see if you would consider sharing more details and potentially the syllabus on _____. Or, if you could refer me to a student who took this class who I could contact, that would be very helpful.

Personal Advice

If you developed a close relationship with a professor and you’re having a personal problem, here is a template to help if you feel comfortable enough to reach out to him or her.

Subject: Personal Help With _____

Dear Professor _____,

I hope all is well. I recently encountered/am struggling with _____ and I’d love to talk to you about it. Will you be available _____ or _____ so I can come in and discuss this with you?

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