Was this the wrong this to do?

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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:

Name,

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!

Thanks again,

Name

What do you think? Honest answers, please. Thanks.

3 Comments
  1. Reply
    Mo
    October 25, 2011 at 4:33 am

    I think it is good thank you email. It was to the point without being all creepy or anything like that. Most students wouldn’t do that so the fact you took the extra steps to send an email i am sure it means the world to her. She perhaps is just busy but I am sure she got it and it elated her.

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    Liz
    October 25, 2011 at 5:27 am

    No, it was not wrong to do. Everyone likes to be thanked and you did so professionally without gushing.

    Next time though, run your grammar check in your word processor, then copy it into the email. It will read a little more smoothly.

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    Koralreef
    October 25, 2011 at 5:49 am

    This was the proper thing to do. Many times tutors and teachers and *TA’s go underappreciated and sometimes even feel ignored. The fact that you have acknowledged and thanked her for the help is very meaningful.

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