Dear Professor who teaches ________,
I find it interesting that you would choose a profession that is intended to help students become successful in their particular area of study. Why do I think it is interesting? Perhaps it is the fact that when students are having trouble with the course and come to you for help and you reply with a rude e-mail that has accomplished nothing.
I have some advice for you, Mr. _______. When a student e-mails you asking for a little direction they ARE NOT judging they way you teach or your knowledge of the subject. I am aware that you attended college and perhaps worked in the industry for some time. So, maybe next time you don’t have to reply so hostile. Instead, maybe you could reply with exactly what they need. That is, students sometimes need a little push in the right direction. Simply put, how can I be successful in your class? Here, I can even help you…
“I see that you have had trouble on the past two exams, here is how I would approach the next chapters…[insert advice here]”
“This might be a little difficult to guide you over e-mail, how about we set up a time to meet during my office hours.”
I understand how writing that can be very difficult for someone who has as big of an ego as you do, but just a suggestion—OH and actually, I have had professors in the past who have done this, silly right? And they are younger and have much less “experience” as you do. Maybe you can take some notes on how REAL professors teach…I believe there are quite a few of them on campus and it would be right outside your office door. Like my parents always say, the learning never stops! Pick up a pad of paper and a pen and jot down some notes as to how successful professors, who don’t need huge curves for their students to pass, teach material.
Hopefully I graduate!
P.S. Also, I forgot to mention it may be smart to end your e-mails with something a little more inspirational than, “To be honest, in the time left, you have little chance of raising your grade. In fact, given the material, you may have to work hard to keep it from falling.”