How to Obtain a Teacher Letter of Recommendation If You Have Asked a Teacher To request a letter of recommendation from a teacher, follow these procedures: Select a teacher who has knowledge of your accomplishments or academic and personal qualities who would write a positive letter distinguishing you from other applicants. Some colleges request your letters be written by teachers of particular subject areas and certain grade levels. Check the instructions in your admissions packet. Many of you asked a teacher last spring to write a letter. If so, go back to that teacher and present the materials necessary for mailing your letter included in this presentation. If You Have Not Asked a Teacher Yet If you have not asked a teacher, at an appropriate moment when your teacher is not encumbered by class business or surrounded by other students, ask politely if this teacher would be willing to write your letter. If you receive a positive response, you must now organize a packet of the materials your teacher will need to write an effective letter for you. If you are applying to more than one college requiring a letter, ask this teacher if he/she would mind generating one letter to be sent to several colleges. Last Dates to Submit Teacher Recommendation Packets Early Decision or Early Other Admission Plans: Action: October 6th is the last December 1st is the day a Teacher last date for all other Recommendation deadlines or the letter Packet can be to the college may be submitted late. Submitting the Teacher Recommendation Packet Submit the following to your 1. TEACHER RECOMMENDATION teacher at least three weeks COVER SHEET stapled to the top outside cover of a manila folder. prior to the first postmark Included inside the folder should be deadline. Any student who the following: gives less than three weeks 2. TEACHER RECOMMENDATION notice must realize the FORM taken from the admissions letter(s) may not be packet of each college. If you are requesting the same letter be submitted on time. duplicated for several colleges you will still need each college’s form included for your teacher. Fill out your section of the form. 3. ADDRESSED AND STAMPED ENVELOPE 8/12x 11 inches, and two First Class stamps for each letter request. 4. STUDENT REQUEST for TEACHER RECOMMENDATION QUESTIONNAIRE (see following pages) 5. Resume –a copy of your resume to assist this teacher in writing about you. Download Teacher Recommendation Packet Click here to download the Teacher Recommendation Packet 1. Teacher Recommendation Packet Cover Sheet Stapled to the top outside cover of a manila folder. Included inside the folder should be the following: 2. Teacher Recommendation Form You will find something like this in the admissions packet of each college. Some colleges will not have a specific form but will ask that a teacher send a letter on school letterhead. If you are requesting the same letter be duplicated for several colleges you will still need each college’s form included for your teacher. Fill out your section of the form. 3. Addressed and Stamped Envelope for Each College 8/12x 11 inch envelope for each college, with two First Class stamps Make sure there are Write in the two First Class Stamps on Saint Francis High each envelope School Address. Office of Undergraduate Admissions Occidental College 1600 Campus Road Los Angeles, CA 94001 4. Student Request for Teacher Recommendation Questionnaire 5. College Essay Presenting a college essay will give your teacher more insight. Use the college essay written for your English class last year if no other essay is available. Check In Prior to the first deadline, politely check in with your teacher to see if any additional information is needed. This is also a way of reminding your teacher of the impending deadline(s). Thank Your Teacher Be sure to keep your teacher up to date on your admissions progress. A small thank you note or gift may be a nice way to show your appreciation.
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