I need to ask a school administrator a few questions. What is the polite way to start my email "I need your help"?

Thanks for your help.

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I would start with a simple:

Dear [Mr./Mrs. Name of administrator],

Then the best way to phrase it would be to jump right into the question without I need your help, because saying so makes it sound as though you have more of an urgent, sensitive, personal problem than a simple question or two (they might be a bit taken aback by the phrase).

However, if you have several questions (let's say more than 2), or if you just want to sound a bit more polite, you could preface the content with a phrase like I was wondering I you might be able to answer a few questions of mine, or, I have a few questions that I was hoping you might be able to help me with.


"I'm hoping you can assist me with..."

"I'm hoping you can help me with..."

"I have [some issue] you may be able to help/assist me with..."

Depending on the exact nature of the question, you may want to avoid being too polite and go with a more blunt/urgent approach:

"I require your assistance with..." (sounds a little more formal than "I need help")

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