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How to ask for an impactful letter of recommendation?

Hi everyone, I'm a junior who will be applying to colleges in the fall. I need to start thinking about who I'll ask for letters of recommendation, but I'm nervous. Any advice or tips on how to ask and ensure I get solid recommendations? Thanks in advance!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's completely normal to feel nervous about asking for letters of recommendation. Here's some advice that may help you get strong recommendations:

1. Choose teachers who know you well and have taught you in core academic subjects. It's ideal if they've seen you excel or watched you overcome challenges. For example, my child asked their history teacher, who appreciated their growth and improvement in writing skills throughout the year.

2. Request a meeting or schedule a time to talk with the teachers you've chosen. Politely ask them if they feel comfortable writing a strong letter of recommendation for you. Giving them an option to politely decline ensures you only get letters from those who truly want to advocate for you.

3. Prepare a 'brag sheet' that includes your achievements, extracurricular activities, and any personal experiences that demonstrate your character. This will help teachers better understand your accomplishments and make their letter-writing process easier.

4. Give your teachers plenty of time, preferably at least a month before the due date. This will ensure they have enough time to write a thoughtful and impactful recommendation.

Remember to be polite and show gratitude when asking for recommendations. Best of luck with your college applications!

9 months ago

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