2 years ago
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How to Ask For a College Recommendation Letter

Hi, I need help on asking a teacher for a letter of recommendation.

I have 2 teachers in mind, but due to COVID I cannot ask them in person.

I'm 1st gen, so I don't really know how to go about this. I was wondering if someone could aid me in crafting an email template on how to ask politely for a rec letter!!

Thanks so much!


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2 years ago[edited]

Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms/ [ Applebee ],

My name is @e, I took your Algebra 2 class last year. You may remember me by going to your office hours after each test to go over the questions I got wrong. Algebra 2 was very challenging for me and I'm proud of the B+ I received in your class and I learned a lot. I'm continuing with Pre-Calculus this year.

School is about to start this Fall Semester and I know you are very busy in the process of setting up for online school and getting familiar with Zoom software so I'll get to the point. I consider you an excellent teacher and would like to be one of my 2 teacher recommendations for my college applications.

I know you might not know very much about me outside of your classroom so I'm attaching a 1 page summary of my academic highlights, honors, and extracurricular activities. As a first-generation college applicant, I have had to work after school and have limited time to do a lot of volunteering since my parents expect me to help around the house and watch my younger siblings.

If you don't feel perfectly comfortable advocating for me, please don't feel obligated to agree to this. I completely understand and will ask another teacher.



(111) 222-3333 (if you have your own mobile phone)

@e@gmail.com or your HS email address

Hope that helps.

Best of luck in your college admissions process.


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