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Which letter of recommendation looks better?

tomatox1tomatox1 810 replies101 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 911 Member
edited February 2013 in College Admissions
1. Suzy was a hard worker. Even though she was very uncomfortable with the difficult material, she came in every day after class to consult with me. She ended up with a 92.

2. Johnny was extremely smart. He aced every test and exited the class with a 99.9%.

3. Robert initially got a C- on the first major test. However, he generally improved over time and finally received a 94 at the end of the year.
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  • mmmgirlmmmgirl 880 replies53 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 933 Member
    I would say the first one, definitely. It actually says something about the student, that she's a hard worker who went out of her way to do better. "Johnny" just seems to be a naturally smart kid who does well--something the college would already know from his GPA. "Robert" did improve, but the letter didn't explain how or why, or what he actually did to be better.
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  • BuBBLES FoR SALEBuBBLES FoR SALE 2125 replies39 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,164 Senior Member
    None are particularly good. #2 is the worst because it's nothing more than a rehash of the transcript.

    #1 is okay, but still too formulaic.
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  • hangooksaramhangooksaram 274 replies15 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 289 Junior Member
    First one. It shows that the student put in effort / is dedicated to learning.
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