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What's the best way to ask teachers for letters of recommendation?

Hello, I'm a bit stressed about asking my teachers for recommendation letters. I want to make sure I ask in a polite and respectful way. What's the best approach to this? Should I do it in person or via email? And how far in advance should I ask? Thanks for your help!

11 months ago

Hey there! It's completely normal to feel a bit stressed about asking for letters of recommendation, but trust me, teachers are used to this process and are usually happy to help. In my experience, the best approach is to ask in person if you can, as it's more personal and shows respect. If that's not possible, a well-crafted and polite email will do just fine. Make sure to give them plenty of time to write the letter, ideally at least a month in advance. When asking, briefly explain why you think they would be a good fit to write the recommendation and what you hope they can highlight about you. And of course, don't forget to thank them for their time and effort. Best of luck with your college applications!

11 months ago

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