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Can I ask my teacher for a letter of recommendation via email?

Hi everyone! Can I ask my teachers for recommendation letters through email or should I do it in person? I'm a junior and I'm a bit nervous for this process. Thanks for your advice!

9 months ago

Hello! It's normal to feel nervous about asking for recommendation letters, but don't worry, it's a common part of the college application process. Both email and in-person requests are acceptable, but each option has its advantages.

In-person requests can create a more personal connection and show genuine interest. However, during the current pandemic and remote learning situations, it's perfectly fine to ask via email. Just make sure to be polite, express your gratitude, and explain why you think they would be a good person to write the recommendation. We recommend also scheduling a follow-up meeting with them in person to discuss the specifics you would like them to highlight in your letter.

If you choose to email, allowing them ample time (at least a few weeks) to respond and write the letter is crucial. I suggest preparing a document with your accomplishments, extracurriculars, and a brief overview of your goals to help them with writing the letter.

For more advice on this topic, check out this CollegeVine blog post: How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation: Step-by-Step Guide for Students.

Best of luck!

9 months ago

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