How to prep your recommenders
The difference between getting a good letter of recommendation and getting a great one is how you approach it. Follow these four steps to make sure your teacher or counselor writes the best letter of recommendation possible.
- The latest you should ask someone to write a letter of recommendation for you is the beginning of the fall semester that you’re applying to college. If you can ask them the semester before, that’s even better. The more time they have, the better the letter of recommendation will be.
- Before your recommender begins writing the letter, spend some time with them to go over the different things that you would like them to emphasize. Remind them of your most recent academic achievements and other important details that they can include in the letter.
- Share your college essay and application with your recommender so they have a better idea of who you are and what you care about. It will help them to write a letter of recommendation that complements your application.
- Tell your recommenders about the other teachers and counselors that you asked to write letters for you as well. Also, don’t forget to treat your recommenders like real people and not just a means for getting your letter.
If you can follow these four steps, you’re sure to get letters of recommendation that will really highlight your application. If you’re interested in learning more great strategies about getting great letter of recommendation, read the two other posts in this series and check out Brightstorm College Counseling.