If you’re a high school student who needs to send an email to one of your teachers, you may be wondering how to properly end the email. It’s easy to be polite in the beginning and in the body of the email, but there are so many different endings to choose when closing out the interaction.
That’s especially difficult based on the relationship you have with your teacher and how you wish to present yourself. Casual or formal? Too serious or not serious enough?
The good news is that many of the standard email closings are acceptable to use when emailing high school teachers. Here’s a list of email endings you can use:
- Thank you
- Thanks so much
- Many thanks
- Thank you for your time
- Thanks in advance
- Thank you for your consideration
- Kind regards
- Best wishes
- Take care
Keep in mind that it’s important to stay polite when emailing teachers. Even for casual, approachable teachers, you want to show respect and exercise good manners. However, most high school teachers don’t have strict expectations about professionalism from their students, for a few reasons.
Firstly, because of the age of their students, teachers expect them to make mistakes when trying to be professional in emails. That isn’t to say you should slack off when it comes to your email etiquette, but it does give you some leeway.
Secondly, high school teachers have a closer relationship to their students than, say, college professors. High school teachers in the U.S. spend an average of 180 days with their students. College and university professors spend about 45-54 days with their students, and they cycle through many faces and names every semester. Because of this, you have more endings to choose from when emailing a teacher.
That doesn’t mean that you can get away with anything in an email, though. You still need to be appropriately respectful and avoid using an ending you would use with a peer. Failing to do so can present you in a poor light or give the wrong impression about the purpose of your email. To be safe, here’s a list of email endings you should avoid using with your teachers:
- See you later
- Take it easy
- Talk to you later
- Yours truly
- Yours faithfully
- Truly yours
- Any emoji whatsoever
- Any abbreviated word (thx, pls, rgrds)
After the closing, always include your full name, your student ID number, and your class. Even if the teacher knows you well, including these details may make it easier for the teacher to organize and find the email with certain keywords.