Requesting Recommendations

imagesSeniors, if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to ask two academic teachers to write letters of recommendation.  The following are helpful tips to help you secure these recommendations:

  • Make your requests now in order to give your teachers enough time to write for you.  They will, most likely, be writing for many of your classmates as well.
  • Help your recommenders compose the most effective letters possible.  Share your goals for college and present them with an outline of the highlights of your time spent in their classrooms.  Provide them with appropriate background information so they can write strong letters in support of your applications.  Consider giving them a copy of your “resume” if you have had experiences outside the classroom that are relevant to their subject matter. Help them write a letter that ties together all your related experiences.
  • Give each recommender a list of your schools and the application deadlines. Provide each writer with a recommendation form for each college along with a stamped, addressed envelope, if your high school mails in the forms. If your school participates in an online program such as Naviance, your writers will submit their recommendations electronically.
  • Make a list of the schools you are applying to and keep track of your recommendations— jot down the date you gave your teachers the forms and check online or with the colleges as the process progresses to confirm receipt of the letters.
  • After the letters have been completed, it’s nice to show your appreciation by writing each of your recommenders a note thanking them for their support.
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