Was this the wrong this to do?
At the end of the quarter, I sent a short thanks via email (along with other info she wanted) to a TA at a university.
I don’t usually ask for help at all but I needed to when I did poorly on my first midterm. I emailed a lot of questions but I eventually had to attend office hours. After a few times, when she remembered who I was, I felt like Santa walking in the room because she lit up like a little kid. I don’t know, it was almost funny or weird but I wished all my teachers were that caring. I on the other hand was anxious every time I went. Being naturally shy, I would speak quietly and in the heat of the moment I would just answer with short sentences — yes, no, thank you, etc. At times it would be really awkward/uncomfortable for the both of us. I wished I could have been more sincere and showed how much I appreciated the help.
A couple days after the last day of class the grades were posted and I ended with up scoring 23 points above the median on my final and earned 7.5 extra credit points (awarded to 3-5 top projects in a class of 47) for a project I turned in. That helped me improve in half a quarter from a 3.4 to a 3.7 in a class that was curved at a 3.0. After sending it, I wasn’t expecting a response but the uncertainty is bothering me. I can’t figure out if it was the right thing to do. I hope it was sincere enough and that she appreciated it:
Thank you for your generous help this quarter. I truly appreciate your willingness to work with my project; your clear and detailed explanations to my concerns aided me greatly. In the end, it was a direct reason why I was able to improve and exceed my goal for this class!
What do you think? Honest answers, please. Thanks.