Connecting with classmates online

Don’t know anyone in your class? Want to find a team member for group projects/assignments or form a study group? Here is an accessible tool and some tips you can try.

How to use Canvas inbox to approach your classmates

This short video summarises some key functions of Canvas Inbox.

Learn how to use Canvas Inbox to connect with your classmates.

Tips when sending messages

It's important to get the tone and style of your message right, as this will help you make a good impression and hopefully get the response you're looking for. Here are some tips on how to compose and structure your message.

Tip 1 - Introduce yourself

Tell your classmate who you are at the very beginning of your message, especially if this is the first message you've written to them. While you may know your classmates, your classmates may not know you.

Tip 2 - Make your purpose clear

Think about your message before you write it, decide on the purpose of your message and what outcome you expect from your communication. Then, state this clearly in your message (both in the subject line and the body), for example, ‘make a study group’ or ‘find an assignment groupmate’.

Tip 3 - Be friendly and courteous

Since you're communicating with your classmates, you might use a less formal, more friendly approach. Still, don’t forget to include a courteous greeting (for example, 'hi' and closing 'thanks') to sound friendly and polite.

Sample

Here is a template you can follow and adjust when you want to message a classmate to form a group for your assignment:

Subject: ACCT10001 - pairing up for assignment 2

Hi [first name],

This is [first name] from a tutorial group of [subject code]. How are you doing? I hope this message finds you well.

I was wondering if you already had a partner for Assignment 2. Let me know if you are interested in pairing up with me :)

Thanks,
[first name]

Final tip

Make your message concise but clear, and always read through it before you click the ‘Send' button.

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