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Any advice on the recommender guide for the Common App?

Hi folks! I'm starting to gather recommendations for my Common App. Can someone point me in the direction of a useful guide on how to ask for recommendations, what teachers should focus on, and any other important details? Much appreciated! ✌️

6 months ago

Hi! It's important to approach getting recommendations strategically, so I'm glad you're seeking advice. Here are some tips to help you in the process:

1. Choose the right recommenders: Pick teachers who know you well, preferably from your junior or senior year, and have taught you in a core subject (English, science, history, math, or foreign language). Those who have seen you excel or overcome challenges both inside and outside the classroom will be able to provide the most comprehensive view of your growth and potential.

2. Ask early: Give your recommenders at least one month - ideally more - to write a thoughtful recommendation. Teachers often have multiple requests, and approaching them well in advance gives them the time they need to craft a strong letter that accurately represents your strengths.

3. Provide guidance: Prepare a "brag sheet" that includes information about your academic and extracurricular achievements, any leadership roles you've held, your goals for the future, and anything else you'd like them to consider when writing the recommendation. This information helps ensure they address the aspects of your character and experiences that you believe are the most important in your applications.

4. Discuss your goals: Schedule a conversation to talk about your plans, the colleges you're considering, and what your teachers should focus on or emphasize in their recommendations. This discussion will help your teachers tailor their letters to best support your application and present you as a strong candidate for the programs you're applying to.

5. Handle logistics: Clearly communicate any deadlines and guidance on where teachers should submit their recommendations. If they're unsure how to submit there letter, give them detailed instructions for uploading their letter.

6. Say thank you: Show your appreciation for the time and effort your recommenders have put into supporting your college application. A thoughtful thank you note (handwritten, preferably) goes a long way in expressing your gratitude. You can read more about how to thank your recommenders on CollegeVine's blog: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-thank-teachers-who-wrote-recommendation-letters.

Good luck with your application process!

6 months ago

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