A TA in college.
Do I start out with “Dear [insert name],” or “Hi/Hello [insert name]?’
I know when TA’s email me, they put “Hi [my name].” I know TA’s usually prefer their first name.
TA’s are students, too. So I don’t know if I should address them formally (Dear TA) or casually (Hi TA).
I’m a TA, and I keep it pretty informal. Sometimes don’t even bother with the ‘dear’ or ‘hi’ bit; doesn’t offend me or anything.
In the whole scheme of life, this question does not matter to anyone but YOU. Your TA is busting вυŧŧ on classes and research, and kissing вυŧŧ with the faculty.. Unless you address them as “your highness” or “holy father,” they’re not going to notice the salutation in your email. Just get to the point and ask your questions.
I usually just say “Hi, [insert name],” even if it’s a professor. It sounds more like me. I email the way I talk.
The safe way is to do one of two things. You can answer with the format which the TA uses in addressing you, which should be acceptable, particularly if there is not much of a difference between your age and the age of the TA. The second choice is to be formal, say “Mr./Ms. [last name of TA]” and follow with your message. If the TA prefers you to be more familiar, you will be given permission to use the first name. If not, you will have started out respectfully and properly. When in doubt, it is always wise to err on the side of formality, then be invited to be less formal.
I think people put too much thought into emails. As long as you make an effort to show that you’re trying to be respectful, you’ll be fine.
I always address my TAs by their first name. It’s totally not rude. They’re not teachers, so they don’t need to me called Ms/Mr. I usually Don’t say “dear” and I rarely say “hi/hello”. I just put their name, a comma then I start a new paragraph and get to the point of my email
Depends on how formal the relationship is with your TA. If you hardly know your TA, rarely talk, then “Dear Name” is a little more formal than “hi.”