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How should I write my email to my teacher?

CPlayer 1 / 3  
Oct 3, 2015   #1
I would like to ask him if it is possible for him to upload more past webcast video on his teaching. In his video he uploads the lecture for each chapter . He has also uploaded some tutorial video for the question he posted for us to do. However, he didn't upload most of the video for the tutorial and out-of-class lesson question. I would like to ask him in email to check if it is possible to upload so as to recap and revise for the test that is coming. My test is this coming Tuesday. I have finished watching the past webcast he has uploaded but there are some questions for the tutorial question and out of class questions which I have forgotten how to do. ( he has go through all of them in class this semester)

How should I write ?
vangiespen - / 4,137 1449  
Oct 3, 2015   #2
Johnny, use a very cordial tone when writing to your teacher. Explain the situation to him. Seek his advice regarding the situation. While you can imply that you may benefit from the upload of the previous and more complete podcasts before the test you have to take, you should never try to dictate that he do so. As the teacher, how he chooses to conduct his online classes, and whether he will agree to do certain things that a students requests him to do remain his prerogative. That said, you should construct the letter in such a way the he will pick up on your subtle request that he upload the podcasts and he will personally suggest that he should do so. To ask him directly may end up with him turning down your request.

As you write the letter keep in mind that you should also ask him for alternative sources of the information that you need. At this point, you may ask for permission from him to clarify certain points that you still do not understand from the previous classes during a special after class session if possible. While he may not agree to upload the podcasts, he may be more receptive to simply clarifying your questions during a tutorial instead.

Try to write a draft of your letter in the manner I have described above. Then post it here for us to review. Maybe we can help you write the letter better once we see how you structure it for yourself. Just keep in mind that uploading podcasts of previous lessons can be very time consuming and your professor may not have any free time to do that. So asking him for alternatives to the upload the podcasts should be highlighted in your email.
OP CPlayer 1 / 3  
Oct 3, 2015   #3
Dear Sir

In preparation for this coming test this Tuesday , I would like to check if it is possible for you to upload some webcast for the tutorial questions that you have left out in your shared dropbox.

I have some doubts in some of the tutorial and out of class questions that I would like to clarify.

It would be great if you could upload those video so that it will be able to clear my doubts for those questions.

Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience that might have caused you.

Yours sincerely


Please let me know if the above is ok? sorry for my poor english
OP CPlayer 1 / 3  
Oct 9, 2015   #4
How to write this email?

Background information.
A lecturer from another group has uploaded his own recorded webcast video for his students for his group. I would like to check with him if it is possible for him to grant me access to it.

Previously , he has uploaded the video for everyone to view but this time only his own group. The reason why I am requesting it is because I find it very useful in helping me recap some of the key concept that I might have misunderstood or forgot. Last time the video that he has uploaded has helped me greatly in my test.

My draft

Dear Professor

I would like to check with you if it is possible for you to grant me access to your webcast video folder. I am unable access to your folder as I am a student from another group.

The reason that I ask for your consideration regarding this matter, is because I find it very useful in helping me understand some of the key concept taught during the lecture. The webcast video that you have uploaded previously has helped me greatly in understanding some of the key concept that I have missed out during lecture. I am a slow learner in class and sometime I cant keep up with the pace. I feel that by having access to the previous podcasts, I will be able to complete my review and keep up with the pace in the class.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my request. I will accept any decision you make as final. I am looking forward to your positive response.


Sorry for my poor English.
vangiespen - / 4,137 1449  
Oct 9, 2015   #5
Johnny, never apologize for your English skills. What matters is that you can speak the language and can be understood. The grammar does not have to be perfect among friends :-) Anyway, let me try to help you revise this letter to make it more interesting for the professor to read. Our aim will be to convince him that it will be a good idea for him to let you access his group files.

Dear Professor,

I would like to thank you for uploading an open access webcast for your previous class. It helped me a great deal in understanding the previous lessons and allowed me an opportunity to better learn the class material. It is because of the considerable amount of help that I received from your previous podcast that I was saddened to learn that your current webcast is accessible only by the members of your class group. I was wondering if there is anything that I can do to convince you to either allow open access or, if you could allow it, give me private access to this web cast?

Watching your web casts have helped me better understand some of the key concepts that are taught during the class lectures. Your previously uploaded web cast certainly helped me catch up with my class with regards to the key concepts that I missed during the class lecture. Being a slow learner, sometimes I cannot keep up with the pace of my class. So by having access to your previous podcasts, I feel that I will be able to better keep up with my class pace and also complete my review sessions.

I sincerely hope that you will seriously consider my request. I am hoping that you will study my situation and request as that of a student who ardently wants to learn and is doing everything he can to make sure that he meets the criteria to pass his classes. Although I hope to receive some consideration from you, I will accept whatever decision that you make as final.


I hope you will like this version of the letter. Feel free to use it if you think it will be useful to you :-)

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