I need to plan a meeting with my teacher, and we have had contact through email. I gave him some dates of where he could pick from, he didn't respond for a week.

The week later, I sent the mail again and he immediately responded but the available times were changed. Now when I mentioned 2 good dates, he said "OK, both are fine" so I had to respond again asking if a certain time was good.

But now he doesn't respond to that!

It's getting really annoying but I want a response quickly otherwise that time might not be free again and I'd have to send another email. I can't go to school personally as I'm interning and that's during school hours.

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    Is there an option to just call him?
    – iLuvLogix
    Dec 14, 2022 at 10:59
  • @iLuvLogix Not really no, I at least don't have his phone number. The only communication I really have is trough e-mail or Microsoft Teams could maybe be another option. Dec 14, 2022 at 11:02
  • It sounds like a communication break down. If somebody replies "both times are fine", that means, literally it's up to you to choose which time.
    – Donald
    Dec 14, 2022 at 12:53
  • @Donald He said "both days are fine" but that would usually mean I would still need to confirm a time. And I could plan a time in the agenda, but who knows if he'd see it. Dec 14, 2022 at 12:55
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    He is available on both occasions. You could create a calendar event and add him as a participant so he could easily add this to his calendar. When he adds it to his calendar you will also be notified, which eliminates the need for a back-and-forth.
    – Guarneer
    Dec 14, 2022 at 13:28

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Walk over to his office (or catch him after class) and actually talk to him for a moment to get this nailed down. He may just say "I'm available now" in which case you've completely solved the problem.

Or propose a date and time and if he doesn't object assume agreement.

Email is not a real-time medium. If you can't wait as long as necessary for an answer, don't rely on email. Yes, I know, for us shy types it's a lot easier to just fire off a note -- but your goal is to talk to them in person, so you might as well start by talking to them in person.

  • As mentioned there was no way to go to him in person as I'm doing a full time internship. Dec 15, 2022 at 9:18
  • Then telephone. Or just say when you'll be there, and if he doesn't say no, assume agreement. Or make two trips, if that's what it takes.
    – keshlam
    Dec 15, 2022 at 11:41

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