Selecting Recommendation Writers

Colleges that require recommendations will typically ask for two types:  the school report/counselor recommendation and the teacher evaluation.  What’s the best way for students to gauge how their teachers will respond to the questions on a teacher recommendation form?  Simple.  Students should ask themselves how teachers would respond to this question:  “What are the first words that come to mind to describe this applicant?”

It’s a good idea for students to identify in advance the teachers who they think would make good recommendation writers.  The qualities they should consider are:

Students should allow their recommendation writers at least a month before the deadline for the submission of their admissions application.  To make it easy on recommendation writers, students should do the following: