General Training Writing Task 1 Letter Example 2 – You want to drop a course at University

General Training Writing Task 1 Letter

In this post, we will look at a semi-formal letter example.

A semi-formal letter is written to someone that you know by name and with whom you have a professional or business relationship with, for instance; your teacher, accountant, landlord, etc. The surname should be used when addressing them – Dear Mrs.Thomas, Dear Mr Jones.

A semi-formal greeting > Dear Mr Hopkins, Dear Mrs Thomas

When signing off the letter, ‘Yours truly’‘Sincerely yours’ and ‘Yours faithfully’ would be used for semi-formal or formal letters. In semi-formal letters, you can also use – ‘With best wishes’ and ‘With regards’.

If you want to see more information about how to write a semi-formal letter please view this post >>

Letter Example 2

General Training Writing Task 1 Letter semi formal

Dear Professor Morris,

I am writing to inform you that I am finding the course load difficult this year and therefore my grades have been suffering. I find that I do not have enough time to work on all of the required modules and have become very stressed as a result. 

I formally request to withdraw from one module: Literary works from 1910-1930 (LIT 220). The main reason I would like to leave that module is that there is so much to cover and with the other courses I am unable to commit fully to this. I feel as though I am too stretched over many subjects to be able to do well in everything. I study for at least 40 hours per week and this is not enough to boost my grades in all areas. 

I would also like to request help from you in organising my time, as I find that I have a study schedule but my grades have slipped recently. Any advice that you could give me would be really appreciated, in order for me to get back up to 90% or over for each assignment. I apologise for wanting to leave the course halfway into the term, but for my grades and health, I feel strongly that this is the right choice. 

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Thank you for your time and consideration, if you need to have a meeting with me you can email me – or call me – 298-4567.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely yours,

Jenny Smith


This letter covers the three main points in the task.

It has been clearly organised with each key point being written about in a separate paragraph.

  • Paragraph 1 – Explains why she is struggling with the course load
  • Paragraph 2 – Details of the module she wants to drop
  • Paragraph 3 – Asks for help with time management

The tone of the letter is polite and therefore appropriate as it is being sent to a teacher (I am writing to you to request…..I can assure you….please contact me at the earliest opportunity)

There is also evidence of a range of sentence structures, no grammatical or spelling errors.

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