Why You Need to Stay in the Good Graces of Your Teachers and Counselors

You’ve got the perfect credentials, and you wrote a stunning essay. However, there is another key element those college admission officers are going to be looking at to get an overview of who you are as a person – letters of recommendation.

You need to stay on the good side of high school teachers and guidance counselors if you want the best recommendation letters. Who should you ask? How do you ask the right way? We’ll help with this article.

Who Should You Get Letters of Recommendation From?

Sometimes a college may not ask for such a letter. Other schools want several. If your school is one of the latter, you want a good array of viewpoints. If all of the letters of recommendation sound identical, it won’t say much about your range as a person.

Also, the college will let you know if recommendations from teachers of a particular subject are required. So won’t always be able to get the letter from your favorites.

How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation

First things first – leave plenty of time. Teachers are busy, and the more time you give them, the more respect it shows for the teacher’s busy schedule (and the better the letter you will receive). Be sure to choose teachers or counselors you have a good relationship with. Make sure the teacher or faculty member knows the deadlines that need to be met and any other details that the school requires.

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