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:
Knowledge of the student and his/her academic work
Knowledge of the student in nonacademic capacities
Evidence of good writing skills
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:
Tell selected writers the deadline dates early on.
Give writers your student activity resume to help them write their recommendation.
Provide all the forms that they will need, as well as stamped, addressed envelopes, and the student’s home address and phone number.