3 Student Tips for Getting Great College Recommendation Letters
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You're not the only student who will be asking teachers for help, so spend time on the details and be confident.
Last Updated November 22, 2018
- Savena Wright expert In addition to a resume highlighting your accomplishments and activities that you may want to provide to the recommender, consider creating a quick refresher sheet. In it, provide a couple of sentences about some of your specific accomplishments in the class. This could highlight exemplary research papers or lab reports that you submitted; your performance on a test that was particularly difficult; your involvement in an outside activity that may have been an extension of the course (ie, you started a computer science club after taking the teacher's course in computer science or joined the literary magazine after taking creative writing). And don't be afraid to make copies of some of the materials you reference, as recommenders can use them as a guide to make specific comments on your academic performance. Also, I always tell students that rather than asking IF the teacher will write a recommendation, ask him if he feels comfortable writing you a strong recommendation.