How to Write a Recommendation Letter

That means letters of recommendation.When a request comes out of the blue during a busy week, our first reaction is sometimes to shudder. “Yikes,” we think, “one more task to fit in on top of exams, papers, proposals, committee reports, and the usual slew of email.” Task saturation.Sure, letters of recommendation are work, but it is writing that makes a difference in people’s lives. Free Recommendation latter If you keep a few principles in mind as you approach your letters, writing recommendations can be rewarding and even enjoyable.The letter is not about you.

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If you’ve read Julie Schumpeter’s epistolary novel Dear Committee Members, you know the comic effect that arises when a letter of recommendation is more about the writer than the subject. Most of us are not as clueless as her protagonist, but it is easy to slip into too much first person. Recommendation latter should focus on the recommended and their accomplishments, strengths (and weaknesses), and potential. There’s a time and place for introducing your favorite subject, but not when you are writing a letter of recommendation. So instead of writing this: I first met so-and-so when she took my introduction to the English language course two years ago and I was so impressed with her research and writing ability that I encouraged her to enroll in my advanced grammar course, where

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I have students write an in-depth paper…Recommendation latter template You might try this: So-and-so came to our department two years ago and performed impressively in the introduction to the English language, where she wrote a fine short paper on gender and pronouns. Later in advanced grammar, she wrote an in-depth paper on adjective clauses in written English texts.Oh, and don’t start the  Letter of Recommendation .They’ll see that at the end. Provide some evidence and detail. Try to show as well as tell. It’s one thing to extol someone’s abilities to communicate, research, or think, but it’s even better to be able to say how you know. Was there a standout effort or project? If so, what was unique about it? What was notable about the way that the person contributed to class discussions, organizational efforts or community? How did their efforts go beyond the norm? What are they best at?


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