I have this assignment in my freshman English class, we're just supposed to pretend we're struck with illness and have to persuade the professor to grant us an extension via email, but I'm having a little difficulty figuring out a really effective way of typing it out
Mainly with the subject, should I just type out "Extension request for so and so assignment" right then, or just state that I have a question regarding so and so assignment and further explain in the email?
I'm really kind of bad with communicating effectively and all, so any advice you guys might have will be great
It sounds like this is a good assignment for working on those written communication skills, particularly as an ability to communicate effectively by email is so important in today's world. However, as you're clearly having trouble with it, you may need some extra time. I'm not one to advocate academic malpractice, but perhaps a little white lie might be in order: just drop the professor an email pretending to be ill, and see whether he won't give you some extra time to work on it.
>assignment in my freshman English class
>pretend we're struck with illness and have to persuade the professor to grant us an extension
Why not just admit it fagget
The subject line is good.
Dear professor ( if they have a PH.D., you better type Dr.),
I've been unable to complete my assignment due to illness. I request an extension on so and so assignment. Documentation of my said condition is enclosed in this email. (hopefully you're attached proper documentation). Thank you for your time.
Let the pro give you some advice:
1) just put the assignment name/number in the subject line
2) state concisely that you were ill (general info only, but don't just say that you've been sick or not feeling well and *do not go into/make up any specifics unless asked for them in a response email) also state that this has been going on for a few days and didn't just start yesterday.
3) state that you've been doing your best to keep up with the work while ill, but you just don't think that you can get this one done on time.
4) ask for a reasonable extension depending on the assignment size/difficulty, but one day (or the next class meeting) should be enough. Act sorry about the circumstances, but don't beg.
5) state that you will continue to work on the assignment as best you can while waiting to hear back, and say that you understand if an extension in your case is not possible and state that you will turn in what you have/accept a late penalty.
It also really helps if you have a good relationship with the professor and have generally turned in homework for the class on time.
This is too tryhard and will only work/is needed on super-hardass professors.
Most really don't care that much and just want to know that you care about the class and are trying.
As someone who's learned to lie as a defense mechanism here's what I generally do:
1. come up with something believable that people will accept as fact with little convincing, the best is when you stretch the truth rather than make up a lie. In your case, the flu, food poisoning, etc etc
2. explain the effort you've made to overcome your ailment (note this can also be a lie). e.g. "I was up all night trying to finish this assignment but I'm just too ill to continue working on it"
3. Think of common questions some one may ask, and be ready. e.g. "Did you see a doctor?" "my family doctor is a very busy person who takes appointments weeks in advance" Most people will just accept your lie upfront with no questions, however some people like to know more about what happened. Depends on your relation to the person.
4. (this point probably doesn't apply) don't do this too often, or people will figure out you're just a liar.
Come on guise, this is supposedly higher education; you don't need to put your hand up and get a hall pass to use the john. You're basically doing the prof the courtesy of informing them the task will be late; it's not like they could say no.