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    Academic Communication

    My second semester of tenth grade, I came down with mononucleosis, which is also known as “the kissing disease”. This illness is much more than people think it is and caused me to miss nearly six weeks of school. During that time, I kept in contact with all my teachers. They sent me email copies of homework assignment and reading lists. When I came back to class healthy, I was on the same page as the other students.

    Whether you are in public school, private school, or are going to an umbrella campus for home school, you will need to be able to communicate with your teachers. If you’re sick or don’t understand the material your class is covering, just stay after class or write your teacher an email. Some schools don’t have email available to you for communicating with your instructor, and in this case, you may need to speak with them during class or write a note. Here are some writing samples for communicating with teachers:

    1. Composing an email: 

    Dear Mrs./Ms./Miss./Mr. Teacher,

    I am emailing you concerning [insert whatever it is you are having problems with]. If you have any helpful tips on how to stay on top of my academics during this time, please let me know. {add any ideas you have for staying on top of the issue]. I am available to meet with you to discuss this in person if needed. Thank you for your time.

    Thank you,

    Your Name

    1. Composing a note: 

    Mrs./Ms./Miss./Mr. Teacher,

    [go right into your current issue] I.e. “It has come to my attention that the recent project we are working on is due on a day that I will be out of town. Would it be okay for me to submit it early?” [or give alternate requests/suggestions].



    Your Name


    From experience, teachers are more likely to help you out, or be understanding of your situation, if you get in contact with them. They just want to know that you are okay and that you are willing to do what is needed to stay on track.

    Here are some outside references to help with academic communication: