Polite request 1

March 31, 2006

The article "Shameless students put tutors in e-mail hell"

(March 24) is correct in noting the increased informality with which students associate and communicate with university staff. While I appreciate that this would make some people very uncomfortable, I believe it is hardly the worst crime a student might commit.

But the poor student who has been quoted requesting feedback prior to a resit is polite. The perfectly reasonable and sensible request for feedback as a core tool of learning indicates that this is a student who is hoping to improve their performance in their resit of the module.

I commend the student for requesting feedback. That this is considered inappropriate or rude is the real story.

Ben Vulliamy. Sheffield

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Register to continue  

You've enjoyed reading five THE articles this month. Register now to get five more, or subscribe for unrestricted access.

Most Commented

  • Boats docked in Port Hercule, Monaco

Richard Murphy praises a bold effort to halt tax-dodging by the 1 per cent

It’s a question with no easy answer, finds James Derounian

  • Man walking, University of Oxford campus, photo negative

Donald Brown shares the experiences that prompted him to talk about ‘institutional racism’ at Oxford

  • James Fryer illustration (19 November 2015)

With no time for proper peer review and with grade inflation inevitable, one academic felt compelled to resign

  • Worker checks thin-film silicon solar module, Truebbach

Asia doubles representation while European countries face varied performance