Advice: When you write to a faculty member to request an appointment, it is helpful if you include times that will work for you.
Why: When looking to set up an appointment rather than simply writing: “Can I meet with you to talk about my paper?”, write instead: “I would like to meet with you to talk about my paper. I am free on Monday from 12-3, Tuesday from 10-2, and Friday from 11-3. Do any of these times work for you?” You can also simply say that you are free during the professor’s office hours and ask whether you should just drop in or request an appointment within that time frame. By offering times that work for you, you make it easy for the next email to do the work of setting up the appointment.