A letter of recommendation is brief and formal statements that highlight your achievements and positive qualities, showcasing your ability to succeed in school. Making a good impression while sailing through school is especially vital if you are planning to attend college. A good recommendation letter bolsters your admission possibilities, and those teachers you work with throughout school are valuable resources. Recommendation letters tell college admission boards intangible things about you that are not reflected in grades or test scores.


1. The Best People to Ask for a Recommendation

Choose two or three teachers with whom you’ve had positive relationships. Choose someone who thinks you are a great student and has encouraged you in your studies, or ask someone who has coached you in after-school activities. The positive experiences you’ve shared give them something tangible on which to base their recommendation.

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