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What are some tips for getting good letters of recommendation?

Hey everyone! I'm a high school junior and I know that letters of recommendation are important for college applications. Can anyone share some tips for getting good letters from teachers or counselors? I want to make sure I'm doing everything I can. Thanks!

10 months ago

Hi there! I can understand how important it is to get strong letters of recommendation for your college applications. My child went through the same process not too long ago, so I have a few tips that might help you out.

1. Choose teachers who know you well: It's better to have a letter from a teacher who can speak about your strengths, work ethic, and character in detail. Teachers from your junior or senior year might be ideal since they've interacted with you recently.

2. Give them ample time: Make sure to ask your teachers well in advance, ideally a couple of months before the deadline. This ensures they have enough time to write a thoughtful letter.

3. Provide supporting materials: Offer your teachers a resume, a list of accomplishments, and any specific points you'd like them to highlight. This can help them tailor the letter to your advantage.

4. Be polite and respectful: When asking for a letter of recommendation, do so in person if possible and express gratitude for their time and effort.

5. Stay organized: Keep track of the deadlines and requirements for each college, and communicate them clearly to your teachers.

6. Send a reminder: As the deadline approaches, send a gentle reminder email to ensure your letter gets submitted on time. Don't forget to thank them once it's done!

I hope these tips help you secure some great letters of recommendation. Best of luck!

10 months ago

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