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How should I approach asking for letters of recommendation?

Hello! I'm a junior, and I know I'll need to ask some of my teachers for letters of recommendation for college applications soon. I'm a little bit nervous about it and I'm not sure how to go about asking. Can anyone share some tips or advice on the best way to approach this? Thanks in advance!

10 months ago

Hey there! I totally understand how nerve-wracking it can be to ask for letters of recommendation. When my child was in your shoes, we found a few strategies that really helped make the process smoother. First of all, it's important to choose teachers who know you well and can speak to your strengths, both academically and personally. Ideally, they should be teachers who have taught you recently, preferably in your junior year or later. Once you have a list of potential recommenders, it's a good idea to ask them in person if you can – this shows respect and genuine interest. Make sure to give them plenty of notice (at least a month) before the deadline, so they have enough time to write a thoughtful letter. When you ask, be polite and explain why you think they would be a great person to write your recommendation – for example, if you did particularly well in their class or if they've been a mentor to you in some way. It's also helpful to provide them with a 'brag sheet' – a document with your accomplishments, goals, and any relevant personal information – to give them some context and make it easier for them to write a strong letter. Finally, don't forget to thank them for their time and effort. Good luck with your college applications!

10 months ago

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