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What's the most effective way to ask for a letter of recommendation?

Hey guys, so I need to ask a few teachers for letters of recommendation for college applications. What's the best way to approach them, and how can I ensure they write a strong and personalized letter? Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

9 months ago

Hey there! Asking for letters of recommendation can seem intimidating, but it's an important part of the college application process. Here are a few tips on how to approach your teachers and ensure they write a strong, personalized letter for you:

1. Choose the right teachers: Select teachers who know you well and can speak to your strengths, both academically and personally. Ideally, these should be teachers from core subjects who have taught you recently, say, in your junior or senior year.

2. Ask early: Give your teachers plenty of time to write your letter. At least a month before the deadline is a good rule of thumb.

3. Provide context: When you ask, share with them why you chose them specifically, and provide them with an update on the colleges you're applying to and your intended major. Include any accomplishments you're proud of that they may not be aware of.

4. Offer support: Give them a copy of your resume or a list of your extracurriculars and accomplishments so they can reference them in their letter.

For more information, check out this CollegeVine blog post: How to Get a Standout Letter of Recommendation. Good luck!

9 months ago

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