When should I start reaching out to teachers for recommendation letters?

Hello everyone! I'm a junior who's beginning to think about recommendation letters for my college applications. When is the best time to ask teachers for these letters? I want to give them enough time to write a thoughtful letter, but I also don't want to ask too early. Any advice would be super helpful!

4 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're being proactive about your recommendation letters. Generally speaking, it's a good idea to ask teachers for recommendation letters at the end of your junior year or the beginning of your senior year. This gives them ample time to write a thoughtful and detailed letter, especially since they might be receiving requests from other students as well. If you have a strong relationship with a particular teacher, you could even ask them a bit earlier, just to give them a heads up that you'd like them to write a letter for you. Additionally, make sure to provide them with any necessary information they may need, like a list of your extracurricular activities and accomplishments, as well as any deadlines. Remember to be polite and grateful when asking and always send a thank you note after they've completed the letter. Best of luck in your college application process!

4 months ago
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