Tips for Juniors and Seniors Requesting Letters of Recommendation
Fort Worth, Texas – July 26th, 2019– College admissions officers consider many factors when admitting students to college: academic record, strength of curriculum, SAT/ACT test scores, and the personal essay, to name a few. Another important factor, adds Mike Barber of the Fort Worth Huntington Learning Center, is the recommendation letter.
“Recommendation letters give admissions officers a more personalized view of who each applicant is, allowing them to see students through the eyes of the teachers or counselors with whom they interact each day,” says Barber. “Exam scores and GPAs are important, but a recommendation brings applicants to life. It offers context and a more holistic assessment of a student’s background, strengths and potential.”
When requesting letters of recommendation, Barber suggests teens follow these tips:
Last but not least, Barber reminds parents and teens that it is in teens’ best interests to develop good relationships early on in high school with teachers. “Teachers do not have to write recommendation letters and might not feel comfortable doing so if they don’t know a student very well,” he says. “Your teen must participate in class, visit teachers outside of class for help, go to the guidance counselor’s office regularly, and remember that the more authentic the teacher relationship, the more sincere the letter of recommendation will come across.”
The letter of recommendation could make or break your teen’s college application package, so your teen needs to take this process seriously. “Ultimately, your teen wants to stand out as someone who would contribute to a college campus,” Barber says. “Letters from the right teachers or other mentors can make your teen outshine the competition.”
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Date: Friday, July 26