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  • 1. Letters of Recommendation
  • 2. ✴Teachers, club moderators, coaches, bosses, service coordinators, etc ✴Teachers who know you well, and can speak to your Skills/performance ✴Select teachers from who can speak to your most current performance. Colleges like a recent impression of the student. ✴Consider asking teachers whose subject may relate to a future area of study. For example, students who plan on studying engineering should ask a math or physical science teacher.A student interested in communications should ask an English teacher. Who should you ask???
  • 3. ✴Choose teachers who can comment upon growth and willingness to work to improve. Colleges are more interested in learning how a student strives to improve than about how easy it is for him to earn A's. ✴Choose a person who knows you long and well enough to be a credible source ✴Is this person likely to be an effective writer? Who should you ask???
  • 4. ✴Ask teachers early, at least 3-4 weeks in advance of the deadline. ✴Many senior year teachers are flooded with requests for recommendations. ✴Approach the teacher when they are NOT busy or surrounded by many students ✴ask for the letter verbally first ✴Give Envelope filled with: ✴Cover letter ✴Activity list/resume ✴Any other necessary documents How to ask...
  • 5. • Purpose of the letter (general admission, scholarship, etc) • Name of schools / person to receive the letter of recommendation • Your intended academic majors/programs • Any special information or personal qualities you wish emphasized • Delivery instructions o Naviance Link o PDF file that can be emailed to Guidance Counselor o Hard copy/printed copy in sealed envelope In the Envelope...
  • 6. ✴Realize these letters take time and effort and be appreciative; thank your letter writer ✴ at the time you request the letter ✴when it is delivered ✴follow-up with a short, but sincere WRITTEN note. ✴Also let the writer know later the results of the letters (for example, did you get in the university? Did you get the scholarship? ✴RESPECT THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE LETTER!You may or may not see the actual letter, but if you are given a copy (which is commonly done) do not share it with friends or use it for other purposes without the permission of the writer Special Items to Note...
  • 7. ✴Realize these letters take time and effort and be appreciative; thank your letter writer ✴ at the time you request the letter ✴when it is delivered ✴follow-up with a short, but sincere WRITTEN note. ✴Also let the writer know later the results of the letters (for example, did you get in the university? Did you get the scholarship? ✴RESPECT THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE LETTER!You may or may not see the actual letter, but if you are given a copy (which is commonly done) do not share it with friends or use it for other purposes without the permission of the writer Special Items to Note...