What makes a great recommendation letter?

<p>I'm an international applicant from a region where teachers aren't familiar with the process of writing rec letters. </p>

<p>I know that basic contents such as descriptions of academic excellence of a student matter, but what else is needed?</p>

<p>I'm also wondering about how your teachers described about you apart from anyone else.</p>

<p>One that says a lot more about you than what adcoms can see from your transcript and AP scores. </p>

<p>A recommendation that says something about who you are as a person are excellent recommendations. Although I have to say I don't think either of my recommendations really did any of this.</p>

<p>I have the same question.</p>

<p>I want to ask someone who has never written a college rec letter to write me a rec.</p>

<p>What are some good websites or examples that explain a good rec letter?</p>

<p>What topics should be covered?</p>

<p>MIT</a> Admissions | Info For Schools & Counselors: Writing Evaluations</p>

<p>Here's a tip sheet that MIT gives to teachers</p>

<p>@HBrown</p>

<p>What I was trying to ask was how do teachers tell about you personally, because the teachers here are only familiar with describing academic abilities and decent manners.</p>

<p>@Hitman</p>

<p>That's exactly what I'm trying to find...</p>

<p>This was very helpful for me once upon a time. </p>

<p>Essays</a>, Admission Information, Undergraduate Admission, U.Va.</p>

<p>^
I remember reading it once.
Thank you though :D</p>

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MIT</a> Admissions | Info For Schools & Counselors: Writing Evaluations</p>

<p>Here's a tip sheet that MIT gives to teachers </p>

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<p>Excellent post. That really covers it.</p>

<p>Passion for academics. They really dig that stuff.</p>

<p>I think what Hitman and I are wondering about is this:</p>

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How do teachers describe their students through the recommendation?

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<p>ex)Do they include a certain experience? If they do, are there examples?</p>