Your Opinion About Teacher Recommendations

<p>Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to ask my teachers for college recommendations before the end of the school year. I am considering e-mailing them my request tomorrow, along with my resume and student profile, however, my dad commented that this is "impersonal." My other option would be to wait until September, however, I know they will be inundated with recommendations at that time. Do you think it would be a better idea for me to write a formal letter, requesting my teachers for recommendations via e-mail now, or should I orally ask them in September?</p>

<p>I would say via email now, since it'll give them more time to perfect your recommendations.</p>

<p>Trust me, they won't be inundated until far later than September. Nov/Dec is when it will get bad to ask.</p>

<p>I've already asked one, gonna ask the other in Sept. It really won't matter much, but whatever.</p>

<p>i think it's better to wait and ask formally, i think it would give a last-minute good impression of you</p>

<p>To clarify, if I waited, I would ask orally, although I could send a formal e-mail as well. But if I ask now, it will be through an e-mail (a formal letter).</p>

<p>You can still ask in september. My teacher allows us to ask in September or 2+ weeks before the due date. They're not going to yell at you unless you ask like a week or a few days before the due date.</p>

<p>You should wait. Teachers cherish these two and a half months as much as we do. Ask them when you return to school. Most people don't ask until November.</p>

<p>Bernier93--that's an interesting way of looking at it. The guidance counselors at my school seem to stress the idea of giving teachers recs over the summer because it's more "polite" but come to think of it, I don't know how nice it is to give your teachers "summer homework."</p>

<p>I think I've decided that I'm going to send my teachers e-mails now, asking them if they'd prefer to receive my resume, student profile, etc. for recommendations immediatly or once school starts. That way they can do what works best with their schedule. Is that an okay compromise??</p>

<p>^ yeah, i think that'll be okay.</p>

<p>Most people are forgetting that just because you're asking now doesn't mean your teacher has to do it now. All you're really doing is letting them know that you'd like a recommendation, and giving them as much time as they could possibly want to work on it, think on it, etc...</p>

<p>Wait, does your teacher have kids? If they do they might start in the summer.</p>

<p>I'd also say that it depends on the type of relationship you have with a teacher. If you know the teacher really well and talk to them a lot, it shouldn't be a problem to ask them for a recommendation over an email, and they will most likely be more than happy to help you in your college endeavors.</p>