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How do I go about getting strong letters of recommendation?

Hi there! I'm a junior and I want to make sure I get strong letters of recommendation for my college applications. What's the best way to approach teachers and ask for a recommendation? Any tips would be super helpful!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're thinking about letters of recommendation early on. To get strong letters, it's essential to build good relationships with your teachers. Here are a few tips to help you approach them and secure solid recommendations:

1. Choose wisely: Pick teachers who know you well and have taught you in subjects that showcase your strengths. Ideally, they should have taught you recently, preferably in your junior year.

2. Plan ahead: Give your teachers plenty of time to write the recommendation. Approach them at least a month or two before the deadline. This shows respect for their time and ensures they can write a thoughtful letter.

3. Provide context: When asking for a recommendation, provide your teachers with a brief overview of your college plans, extracurricular activities, and any specific points you'd like them to highlight. This helps them tailor the letter to your goals.

4. Be polite and show gratitude: Remember to ask teachers politely and express your gratitude for their willingness to help. A simple thank you note or small token of appreciation can go a long way.

5. Stay organized: Keep track of the deadlines and any other requirements for the recommendation letters. Gently remind your teachers about upcoming deadlines if necessary.

Best of luck with your college applications!

9 months ago

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