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How to ask for recommendations?

blondie888blondie888 Registered User Posts: 292 Junior Member
How do you approach your teachers and couselors for recs? Do you give them a copy of your resume or tell them what you want them to include in the rec? Also, are you supposed to send in your three letters of recommendations separately in different envelopes or can you combine them?
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Replies to: How to ask for recommendations?

  • 996GT2996GT2 Registered User Posts: 160 Junior Member
    As far as teacher recs go, just find a teacher who KNOWS you and LIKES you. I asked my chemistry teacher for one of my recs, since she was my teacher for 2 different chem courses and I thought I did pretty well in that class. If they hesitate when you ask them for a rec, then it's probably best to try someone else. You don't need a resume to hand them or anything...if anything, I think that just seems a little overly pretentious.
  • jdhutchinjdhutchin Registered User Posts: 320 Member
    Typically when you give your teacher the form for the recommendation, you also give them a stamped, addressed envelope for them to send in the rec with. The instructions on the application should tell you exactly what the college expects- so make sure to follow them.
  • yousonofatreeyousonofatree Registered User Posts: 1,358 Senior Member
    Everytime i ask for a rec, I always give my resume and a letter (about a page) to them stating basically why I'm applying to certain schools.

    Starting Example:

    Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. ______,
    Thank you so much for helping me with the college application process....
  • fast27fast27 Registered User Posts: 353 Member
    a folder with a list of colleges, deadlines, application type, checklist, resume, cover letter, all the forms (fill out as much as you can yourself), all the envelopes - stamped and pre-addressed, and that's it i think.

    also get them gifts and ask them every now and then how its coming along
  • mtngoat1mtngoat1 Registered User Posts: 386 Member
    get them gifts? are you serious? also, i think your GC is supposed to mail out the recs if you're doing the common app.
  • oregonianmomoregonianmom Registered User Posts: 1,983 Senior Member
    My kids' school has a packet/folder of info for the student to fill out, listing all schools the student is applying to, listing their ECs, personal info, etc. Certain forms go to the teachers, the GC, outside agencies (like someone the student might work or volunteer for), and the parents to fill out if they want. The school also wants a copy of an essay and a resume. I think the GC then keeps everything in this folder.
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member
    You don't need to get them gifts, though you should give them hand written thank-you notes.

    Also, make sure that you give the teachers in writing the date that the letters are due to the schools, and also give them the recommendation forms several weeks in advance of that date.
  • lilyrobinlilyrobin Registered User Posts: 489 Member
    Ok probably a stupid question, but when applying to multiple colleges do you usually have one or two (or more, however many necessary for one particular collee) teachers write a rec to all of them? So that the teachers are writing multiple letters? Or are you supposed to have a few different teachers write them so each is only writing one?
  • spoonyjspoonyj Registered User Posts: 344 Member
    Never send a thank-you note via email; it should be hand-written.

    Remember to xerox as many copies of the common app rec cover sheet as you will need. The teacher's job is to write and send the letter, not make copies.

    Never put your return address on the stamped envelopes you give to the teacher. The return address should include the teacher's name and the address of your school.
  • worknprogressworknprogress Registered User Posts: 1,536 Senior Member
    At many high schools, the recommendations are submitted to the guidance office and a staff member copies the letters to send to different schools. In my D's school, the student must supply stamped, addressed envelopes for each college. No matter what the system is at your high school, if you are applying to multiple schools with various requirements, submit a sheet to the guidance office with all of the schools, what is required and when are the materials due.

    Northstarsmom gave excellent recommendations. My daughter submitted a cover letter and a resume to each teacher. She asked them in the summer following her junior year if they would be willing to write one for her and when they agreed, she gave them the materials over the summer. She personalized each letter (thanking them for writing the letter) and talked about what she felt she could contribute to a college and what she hoped to accomplish. She attended a large public high school and we know that both teachers really did an excellent job. She wrote a thank you note after the guidance counselor received them. In the spring, when she knew where she was going to attend, she sent them a pen with the name of the university on it - thanking them again for taking the time to write a letter.

    I think letters are very important. You don't want someone to just rehash your resume or say you are a hard worker or a good student - so choose carefully, give the person PLENTY of time to do a good job, and express you appreciation for their willingness to help you.
  • doctorparkdoctorpark Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    Hi,I'm a senior too, and I knwo it's a trivial quesiton, but what kind of envelope do I need to give to teacher? what size? and do I put "common app rec cover sheet" in each envelope?
  • tetrisfantetrisfan Registered User Posts: 11,791 Senior Member
    If you're applying to a ton of schools, can't you just ask your teachers to write a rec each and then photocopy the written recs to get the number of copies you need?
  • OptimizationOptimization . Posts: 1,085 Senior Member
    I would think that the teacher has to at least sign each rec. Typically, you wouldn't see the rec, either.
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