Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

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Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby irish017 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:53 pm

Is the ok? I enjoyed my profs and would like to thank them for their time. Just concerned about it being in grading period/being corny.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby BlueDiamond » Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:55 pm

sounds dumb to me.. unless youve talked to the professor before during the semester in office hours and stuff (in which case you dont need to email and can just go see him/her)

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby arism87 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:56 pm

irish017 wrote:Is the ok? I enjoyed my profs and would like to thank them for their time. Just concerned about it being in grading period/being corny.


I always feel a little awkward walking out of exams/last days without any closure (it's the same on the other end when my students BOLT for the door on the last day). I think it would be nice but I'd wait until grades are in?

I'm not in law school yet, but this is my opinion on the situation in general

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby evilxs » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:08 pm

This is the law school students forum, :roll:

Wait till after grades post. That is the appropriate timing.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby 20160810 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:45 pm

If you have a relationship with him/her and you guys talked outside of class from time to time, then go for it. Profs appreciate a thank-you note as much as anyone else. Sure it's kiss-assy, but it's no like he's going to know for the first time that you want a good grade when he gets your card; I'm pretty sure he already assumes you'd like an A, and besides, your test is going to be graded anonymously.

Just make sure you keep it real and don't get too over the top with it.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby arism87 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:49 pm

evilxs wrote:This is the law school students forum, :roll:


My apologies for using the "latest posts" function instead of forum topics, and I did state that it is my general opinion and not law school-specific.

Comments like this make me dread law school sometimes.

:roll:

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby rbgrocio » Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:11 pm

irish017 wrote:Is the ok? I enjoyed my profs and would like to thank them for their time. Just concerned about it being in grading period/being corny.



Yes, it is a BAD idea. Just wait till next semester. Visit one day and mention how much you enjoyed the class or whatever you want to say. Now it is not the time

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby kalvano » Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:29 am

rbgrocio wrote:Visit one day and mention how much you enjoyed the class or whatever you want to say.



Exactly what I plan to do with one of my profs. He teaches another class I want to take, and I'd like to develop a good relationship with him.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby MrKappus » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:01 am

Thank them in person. It's not like you're never going to see them again.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby 20160810 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:05 am

Also, make sure to use your personal, not your official .edu email. When it comes time to ask that prof for a LOR, you want them to remember that you're the one who sent them that polite thank-you email from bong_stud420@aol.com

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby helfer snooterbagon » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:29 am

E-mail is not appropriate. A reach-around is.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby LjakW » Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:29 am

How about typing in a short thank you sentence at the end of your test? I know it's in major suck-up territory, but I think that would be the point...
I've always thought about doing that. Any thoughts?

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby evilxs » Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:51 am

I wouldn't put the professor in the position of having to deal with any personal messages or references on the test itself. The whole anonymous grading thing puts them in awkward territory. It would be more appropriate to just leave them a Christmas card in their teacher's mailbox.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby BriaTharen » Fri Dec 17, 2010 2:10 pm

This is why I do Christmas cards. It can show your appreciation without actually having to write a big "thank you" note. Granted, I only sent cards to all of them because I have seen all of them in their offices more than once. If a professor had no idea who I was, I wouldn't. You would come off as a brown-noser.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby 20160810 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:35 pm

LjakW wrote:How about typing in a short thank you sentence at the end of your test? I know it's in major suck-up territory, but I think that would be the point...
I've always thought about doing that. Any thoughts?

This is a horrible idea. Do not do this.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby Lonagan » Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:42 pm

I'm in the middle of my first semester finals, so I'm an expert on nothing. However, I have thought about it, and if i were to do anything at all before grades, it would be in the form of a Christmas / Holiday card. I tend more in the direction of seeing them in person in January though. I will probably go for feedback on my exam, and a little advice on the rest of law school. It should all work out from there.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby nygrrrl » Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:46 pm

SBL wrote:
LjakW wrote:How about typing in a short thank you sentence at the end of your test? I know it's in major suck-up territory, but I think that would be the point...
I've always thought about doing that. Any thoughts?

This is a horrible idea. Do not do this.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby chicagolaw2013 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:48 pm

SBL wrote:Also, make sure to use your personal, not your official .edu email. When it comes time to ask that prof for a LOR, you want them to remember that you're the one who sent them that polite thank-you email from bong_stud420@aol.com


This reminds me of a GREAT bong comment my civ pro professor made. See my post in the "best law school quotes" thread. He was pretty epic on the quotes front.

helfer snooterbagon wrote:E-mail is not appropriate. A reach-around is.


FTW.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby kalvano » Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:50 pm

You know what's better than an impersonal card or email? Going to their office and being friendly. I get the impression that a lot of office visits are to bitch or ask stuff about exams. Just going and asking for advice on career choices and things like that might be most welcome.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby MrAnon » Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:26 am

Like anything else in life, if you have to ask a message board whether it is okay then it is probably....

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby Gamecubesupreme » Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:56 am

You should have went to their last office hour and personally thanked them there.

I know for sure my profs appreciated that a lot from their reactions.

Tons of students send them e-mails and many send cards, but very few thank them directly in person.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby dresden doll » Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:48 am

You are aware that your professor is probably receiving a six figure salary for his 'time' (which, by the way, isn't exactly an 80 hours a week schedule) right?

I just find it a strange concept that you want to thank someone for doing their job, especially when that job is exceedingly well paid and highly coveted (i.e. many would kill for it).

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby 20160810 » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:05 am

dresden doll wrote:You are aware that your professor is probably receiving a six figure salary for his 'time' (which, by the way, isn't exactly an 80 hours a week schedule) right?

I just find it a strange concept that you want to thank someone for doing their job, especially when that job is exceedingly well paid and highly coveted (i.e. many would kill for it).

Because they work hard and it's kinda nice? Everyone likes to hear "Hey, job well done."

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby BriaTharen » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:21 am

SBL wrote:
dresden doll wrote:You are aware that your professor is probably receiving a six figure salary for his 'time' (which, by the way, isn't exactly an 80 hours a week schedule) right?

I just find it a strange concept that you want to thank someone for doing their job, especially when that job is exceedingly well paid and highly coveted (i.e. many would kill for it).

Because they work hard and it's kinda nice? Everyone likes to hear "Hey, job well done."

This. You never know if you'll need to ask them for recommendations later.

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Re: Appropriate to e-mail profs after finals?

Postby JazzOne » Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:12 am

SBL wrote:
dresden doll wrote:You are aware that your professor is probably receiving a six figure salary for his 'time' (which, by the way, isn't exactly an 80 hours a week schedule) right?

I just find it a strange concept that you want to thank someone for doing their job, especially when that job is exceedingly well paid and highly coveted (i.e. many would kill for it).

Because they work hard and it's kinda nice? Everyone likes to hear "Hey, job well done."

+1

I sent all my profs an email after grades came out. It was sincere. I only emailed the ones I liked.




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