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Advice on the Etiquette of Requesting Recommendation Letters from Your Teachers Adapted from a letter to students from a teacher Letters of recommendation are a critical part of the college admissions process. Every year, faculty and staff churn out hundreds of letters that claim our students to be truly outstanding and deserving of admission to some of the best universities and colleges.
Students are not entitled to letters of recommendation Students are not entitled to letters of recommendation. Writing a recommendation falls outside the realm of our professional responsibilities.
Many of us enjoy writing letters for our students, but it is important that students understand that writing one letter often can take over an hour—taking time away from our professional and personal activities. Always ask for a letter of recommendation in person Why bother with etiquette?
Put yourself in the shoes of the referee. Try to anticipate that she or he will likely receive requests for the same deadline from other students. A well-written letter is like a well crafted essay: The best letters are composed with the student in mind, but are also mindful of the particulars of specific graduate programs, grants, or fellowships Always ask for a letter of recommendation in person.
Leaving forms or notes in mailboxes is bad manners and most likely will not get you a letter. Having your parents ask for a letter on your behalf is not a good idea. How can we possibly emphasize your preparedness for the independence and responsibility of college when your parents are doing your work for you?
Do not send email. You might approach the recommender with: So the first thing is to ask for the letter in such a way that you will leave room for the person to say no if he or she does not feel comfortable giving you a heartfelt positive recommendation.
This is to your benefit because you do not want to be "damned with faint praise. Provide all of the necessary information in an organized manner Provide all of the necessary information in an organized manner. Faculty and staff are not responsible for gathering materials or completing parts of forms that are to be filled out by you.
Carefully read all materials before distributing them. Organize all materials so that your referee has all the necessary information and forms together for each program at the same time. Always include an SASE self-addressed stamped envelope for each letter. Include any official forms -- be certain to fill out all necessary blanks.
If you are using a common application, fill one out neatly and indicate how many copies will be needed once the teacher has filled it out. Some faculty and staff have no time to write letters during the school year and prefer to write them during the summer before your senior year. Some put a limit on the number of recommendations they will write.
Some may ask you to prepare specific information that will be included in your letter. It is not reasonable to expect a letter a week after asking for it, and those who ask early usually have their recommendations completed first.
Most likely, you will be asking for recommendations throughout your life. Get in the habit now of thanking the person that writes your recommendation.Word to the wise -- use your best judgment in selecting which dean to ask for a letter of recommendation.
Overcome the first hurdle and work past the fear of asking the dean for a letter of recommendation. So, if you are asking your history teacher for a letter on September 3rd, let him know that you need the letter by October 3rd.
Remember to follow up on their progress two weeks after they agreed to write . Write to your teacher and ask to give you a reference for a new job.
Please sayWhy do you need the reference letter?- Describe the position that you are applying for.- Why are you the right person for this position? Essay topics: Write to your teacher and ask to give you a reference .
Asking a high school teacher for a reference letter can be intimidating: what if the teacher says no? While rejection is a possibility, it is unlikely.
High school teachers are accustomed to . Copied! I am very pleased to write this letter of recommendation for John Doe. I have worked with many teachers and teacher interns over my thirty-year teaching career, and he stands out among them.
If you are at one school frequently, ask the principal or assistant principal if they would be willing to write for you. If you are in a high school, you could ask the department chair.
The letter doesn't have to be long, but it should address your skill in the classroom, your knowledge of the subject matter, and your relation to the children.