Before anything else, you need to understand how important it is to carefully choose who to ask a recommendation letter from. In the past, high school graduates would ask recommendation letters from their parents, friends, and other people affiliated with or related to them; choices which they thought would make it easier for them to be accepted by a school of their choice.
But that’s not really the case. Those people will almost always describe you in glowing terms and are biased. What admission officials want to read are recommendation letters that state a student’s academic superiority, outstanding leadership qualities, participation in extracurricular activities, and commitment to particular interests such as sports.
High School Teachers Are the Best Choices
A student’s high school teachers are the best sources for recommendations and they should be on the lookout for those who know them best. These teachers are usually objective about the student they are recommending, are familiar with the student’s abilities and skills, and have seen how the student responded to challenges in the classroom, the gym, science lab, etc.
There are several tips on getting that precious recommendation from teachers once you have settled the issue of which teachers to ask; those who are in clubs or organizations you are in would be a good choice as well as those in whose classes you have performed well.
Take a look at these tips to get an idea of which teachers to ask for the recommendation and how:
– Filling out an information form on what you would like the teachers to mention in the letter.
– If you have done well in your junior and senior English classes, English teachers are a good choice who can vouch for your grammar proficiency.
– Ensure that those recommending you write about your strengths objectively and balance these with your weaknesses.
– Choose teachers whom you trust to give a fair assessment of your school performance and write a recommendation in your best interests.
– Other people such as sports coaches, church leaders and community leaders are good sources to comment on a student’s other skills.
-If you have done part-time work after school hours your employers could also be a source of recommendation letters.
After you have chosen who you would like to recommend you, ensure that they have the following info:
-The deadline for which the information should be submitted.
– Your complete name, current address, telephone number/s, email address, and other contact details.
– A rough draft of any form which is to be filled out and another for the final draft which will be submitted.
– The official name and address of the college/s you plan to apply to together with a completed essay and the application.
– Provide those recommending you with a stamped and addressed envelope for convenience.
– Attach some brochure or view book about the college/s you are applying to for the recommending parties to read.
– A copy of your résumé that has your activities and any awards and certificates you have received.
Don’t forget to write thank you notes and send them to the people who recommended you, whether or not you get accepted by the schools you have applied to.