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Any tips on getting letters of recommendation?

Hi all! I'm a junior and I know that getting strong letters of recommendation is important for college applications. I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to approach teachers and ask for a letter, and what I can do to ensure that they write a strong recommendation for me? Thanks for your help!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're already thinking about letters of recommendation. Here are a few tips to help you with your request:

1. Choose teachers who know you well and have taught you in a core subject (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, or Foreign Language). It's best to ask those who can not only speak to your strengths, but have also seen you grow, so if you have a teacher who taught you as a freshman and again as a junior, that teacher can be a great option.

2. Ask at least several weeks in advance, as teachers tend to be busy, and you want to give them enough time to write a thoughtful letter. Especially if you're thinking of applying early somewhere, you should ideally ask at the very beginning of your senior year. Make your request in person, if possible.

3. Provide them with a 'brag sheet' or a list of your accomplishments, goals, and any other relevant information that might help them write a more personalized letter.

4. Once they've committed to writing your letter, don't nag them. Rec letters are an additional task for teachers on top of their regular lesson planning and grading, so be respectful of their schedule and trust that they will get it in on time. You should only reach out to them if you receive a message from one of the schools you are applying to that they haven't yet received your rec letter.

5. Don't forget to follow up with a thank you note. Teachers will appreciate your gratitude, and it's a nice gesture to show your appreciation for their time and effort.

Good luck with selecting teachers who will be able to highlight your best qualities as a student!

9 months ago

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