Need Help? Communicate With Your Professor!

During your time here at Salem State (and in college in general) communication is a vital skill to have. Some of the most important people that you’re going to communicate with are your professors and other professionals at the university. Knowing the proper ways to get ahold of professors/faculty and how to get what you’re trying to say across effectively is important and will serve you well in college as well as in life.

One of the best ways to connect with your professors and other faculty members is through your Salem State e-mail. This is also how most professors and others will relay important information to you such as class assignments or when there is a class cancellation.

Logging in to your Salem State Email:

  1. Your Salem state email can be accessed by logging on to the Salem State website.
  2. Click on the “Logins” dropdown and go to “Student Email.”
  3. You can then log into your account using your 7-digit SSU Student ID number and password.

Most professors will have their e-mail, phone number and other contact information listed on their class syllabus. However, if you are unsure of where to find a professors’ e-mail you can utilize the university’s directory to look up their information. You can access the directory by logging on to http://www.salemstate.edu > click on the “Resources” dropdown > click on “Directory.” Next, just input the professors name, click the search button and the information will pop up.

Now that you know how to access your e-mail, it’s important to keep a few things in mind when writing one to your professor (and also in general).

  • Be sure to use proper punctuation, spelling capitalization, and grammatical structure. It should NOT look like an informal text message that you would send to a friend.
  • Emails don’t have to be super formal but should mimic how you would talk to the person if you were speaking in person.

One more great way you can stay in touch with your professor is to attend their office hours. These hours can also be found on their syllabus. Meeting with your professor or sending them a quick e-mail to ask a question or clarify a point of confusion is sure to improve your experience here at Salem State and make things much easier. Be sure to utilize this useful skill both here and in life.

If you aren’t sure about how to best structure an email to your professor or have any questions about communication be sure to stop by the First-Year Experience office in Meier hall room 100A!

Wishing you continued success,

FYM Patrick

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