Letters of Recommendation-How To?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014


Ok, I have gone through this dozens of times for my degree and pursuing dental school so I know what you’re going through.

If you were never buddy buddy with the professors, do not expect a GOOD LOR

It will probably be very generic and say how you performed (academically) in the class with nothing about you.

If your undergrad is a large institution where class sizes are 200+ students, they might even reject to write you a LOR ( a lot of my own friends are reeling from this now) so be prepared for that.

Honestly just email them and tell them your situation, use INTERFOLIO website to collect LOR because that service is amazing. Once you have the letters sent electronically to that website you can use them over and over.

Be prepared for the letters to be confidential, as in you may not read what they wrote about you and you might never get to. That’s a risk you have to consider when writing LOR because the nature of them are confidential and so they could possibly NOT recommend you for things.

My best advice is it might be too late to get these PROF LOR from courses you already took.

I would go back to your undergrad during a SUMMER SESSION when units are cheaper, take a class or two, or pay for 1 quarter/semester of tuition and get your letters from new teachers. 

Post # 4
1372 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@veryberry13:  If I were you, I would pop in and have a chat with a couple profs, maybe hit up three or four just in case, tell them who you are and when you were in their class. Let them know what you’re doing, I think you’ll be surprised at how many students teachers can remember! Usually, if you were quiet and did your work, they’ll remember and most teachers are more than happy to give recommendations to capable students!

I would for sure go in person though, a face to a name really helps. Most profs have office hours, phone ahead to find out and stop by then.

Good luck!

Post # 5
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I am currently in the process of this right now! I just emailed professors who I did well in their classes and had multiple classes with and they were happy to write them. They are used to it and usually have a form of information to fill out about yourself. I was totally freaking out, but it’s really nothing. A lot of my professors already hit their max # of LOR so they weren’t accpeting anymore so do it early! Also check for requirements, some of my LOR have to be from Ph.D professors and within the major. 

Post # 6
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I had the same problem, I was in a science program at a predominently science based school, so I had hundreds of students in most of my classes.  The profs wouldn’t have known me from a hole in the wall.  Do you have any courses with labs or smaller groups?  I had a prof that I had for several anatomy based labs write my letter because he was just about the only one who actually knew my name.

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