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Letter of recommendation

amyyyyamyyyy 49 replies7 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
edited September 2010 in College Admissions
Ok. So I have this math teacher who I was thinking of asking for a letter of recommendation. The problem is I did really poorly in the class (I got a D one quarter) essentially because I had a lot of things going on, I was stressed, and I just... let it slip. The other quarters I got two B's, a C, and a 90 on the final, so I got a B in the class. I was really, well, lazy with my homework too, and often stayed after school and handed it in late. She was ok with this though! I mean she even told us we could hand it in a few days late and she wouldn't penalize us. And last quarter, I worked my BUTT off trying to raise my grade. I was after school almost every day getting help. I went in during school. I went from often doing poorly on tests to getting up to 100% and I really feel like I mastered the concepts. Math definitely is NOT my best subject so this is, well, very exciting. She told me countless times that she was proud of me and she would just get so excited when it seemed like I understood it.

I really loved this teacher. There are two teachers who I really think I bonded with in high school and she's one of them. My friend and I are going to buy her a necklace because she is hands down the greatest math teacher either of us have ever had. I mean she made me enjoy math. That's remarkable. I'm worried, though, that if I ask her for a letter of recommendation she'll have to talk about how poorly I did and how much I procrastinated with homework. I mean, she should also talk about how hard I worked and how when I applied myself I really fixed where I screwed up and how proud she was, but... I don't know. I'd really like input on whether or not I should ask her. Has anyone does this? In your experience, would a poor grade overpower a student working very hard and bonding and yada yada yada? I just... don't know if it's right to ask her with that D and all. I got a B in the class, but... still. I'm very new at all of this so I don't know what to do. Any input would be VERY appreciated.

Thanks :)
edited September 2010
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  • HeWhoPwnzHeWhoPwnz 837 replies38 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 875 Member
    If you truly believe that you were constantly improving your classroom progress, then I say go ahead and ask her. At my school we have recommendation forms that we fill out, and at the end is a section for us to put anything else we would like the teacher to know, and so in a situation like this you would put that you believe math is not a strong subject, you didn't work very hard, but because of the teacher, her personality, and her teaching methods and etc., you were determined to work harder and were constantly improving, and ask in this section if she could write about that for you. If you have something of that sort at your school, then that makes it that much easier. If you don't, then you could always ask for a letter and then write her a thank you card including all of that, or simply ask her when you ask for the letter.

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  • amyyyyamyyyy 49 replies7 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Thanks :) I'll probably ask her, I just... I dunno. It's tough. Anyone else?
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