Juniors: How to ask Teachers for RecommendationsPosted on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 10:19
Before the end of the school year, ask two teachers for recommendations. But remember that writing letters of recommendation is not part of a teacher's normal job duties. So keep that in mind and approach your teachers with a polite considerate request. Here are some pointers:
* Ask in person. No emails. A personal request is most thoughtful
* Do not ask for more recommendations than you need. Pick two teachers and use the same two for all your applications. (Note: you will need to ask teachers who fulfill the guidelines of the colleges to which you are applying. Check the colleges' websites.)
* Say "please" when you ask and "thank you" when the teacher agrees.
Here's a sound bite: "I'm thinking ahead to college applications and wonder if you feel writing a recommendation is something you can do for me."
Most teachers are happy to help you.
For more information about letters of recommendation, including what to provide teachers, counselor recommendations and more, see Chapter 12, “Recommendations” in College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step. And see our earlier advice on recommendations here.