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What's the best way to approach a teacher for a letter of recommendation?

Hi everyone! I'm a little bit stressed about asking my teachers for letters of recommendation. I've heard that they can make a big difference in the admissions process. What are some strategies I can use to ask my teachers politely and effectively?

11 months ago

Hey there! I understand that asking for letters of recommendation can be a bit nerve-wracking, but it's great that you're thinking about it now. Here's what worked well for my child when they were in your shoes:

1. Choose teachers who know you well and can speak to your strengths, both academically and personally.

2. Ask in person if possible. It's a more personal approach and allows for better communication.

3. Give them plenty of time to write the letter, ideally at least a month before the deadline.

4. Provide them with a 'brag sheet' that includes your accomplishments, extracurriculars, and goals. This will help them write a more detailed letter.

5. Be gracious and thank them, even if they decline. They'll appreciate your understanding.

Remember, teachers are usually happy to help students they believe in. Good luck!

11 months ago

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