National Honor Society Letter Of Recommendation
A hand-written signature is always best. Who should you ask? Does it make a difference? Yes it does matter. Know this: English and foreign language teachers generally write the best letters. They personalize them and may write from a half to a whole page. They also produce results that have no spelling or grammatical errors. Again and this is a general statement coaches and physical education teachers write the shortest remarks and may have many mistakes in spelling and grammar. But go with your best options regardless of teaching position. Use your high school letterhead when possible. Remember to ask your teacher if they can write a positive response. If not move on. A probable scholarship winner fulfilled all requirements with a big plus and was in line to receive an $8000 award. Everything was super except for one recommendation letter.
Start by asking for your recommendation letters at least six weeks in advance. This allows busy teachers to take their time in writing great responses. After two weeks remind them with a note in their mailboxes. Seven days after that make a visit to their classroom. Remind them in person that your application could be late and disqualified and that you will come by in a few days to pick it up. Thank him or her again and then stop by once more. One way to avoid total mayhem is to ask for more letters than is really needed (awards may vary in the number of letters neededIf the requirement is two for an award ask four people. If you are applying for more than a couple of scholarship awards (and you really should be) ask if the teacher or whoever would be willing to put their comments on a CD. Remind them that you will be sending out dozens of applications. It will save them time. Then you will bring the letters by for their signatures. They can inspect the documents before you send them in.
It gives the admissions committee some insight into the student that is not visible via their academic and testing data. Schools look for students who can perform academically but who will also bring some substance and diversity to their campus. They dont need an entire campus filled with star athletes or talented musicians. They also need students who will become involved and contribute to the campus community. College admissions departments look for students who have shown commitment to their own particular passion. Involvement in extracurricular activities is one area that they evaluate but the college recommendation letter can help them to look at the more personal attributes of the candidate. The letter of recommendation that accompanies the application can enlighten them on aspects of the applicant such as character personality motivation creativity and family values. It can also speak to any difficulties that the student has overcome or personal situations that have effected the students life.
Make sure your recommendation letter does not request the colleges consideration. Your teacher should not be saying in the letter that you are college material. This is a sure sign to turn the admissions officer off almost instantly. Your high school transcript can show whether you are college material or not. If your teacher states that you were involved in a lot of activities after school. This is another red flag that shows they are recommendation letter is just another generic one. Once again this can be obtained by simply looking at your high school transcript. If your teacher states that your test scores are above average. Once again this is just another generic statement to write a letter and get you out of their hair. If your teacher states that you are very enthusiastic about participation in class.