Here are a few tips to make our communication as efficient as possible this semester.
Let’s start by the who to send it to. If you are looking for help debugging your code, make sure you send it to both:
If you also CC the TA this increases your chances of getting a quick response to your question.
A successful email to the professor, specifcially an email that is looking for help debugging some code should have a few components:
While the Instructor and TAs will do their best to respond to your questions quickly and efficiently, the closer to the deadline that you ask the question, the less likely there will be time for us to answer your question before the deadline. Get started on your assignments early, and be sure to ask questions early and often.
Here is an example of an email that is not very helpful. See if you can spot what Timmy did wrong:
Here is an example of an email that includes all of the above. Please note that you should use the actual TA’s email address, as ImTheCCS167TA@drake.edu is not a real email address, the TA is currently TBD, so I haven’t included the real email.