Academic Recommendation Letters
Delayed response - The letter that reaches the reader after the stipulated time is wastage of effort and is of no use. Written for an employee not known to you - Letters written for employees you dont know do not leave an impact on its reader. They easily reflect that the letter writer has not worked with the person and has little knowledge about the candidates credentials. Incomplete recommendation form -A reader rejects an incomplete recommendation form. If you feel that the particular section is not applicable to the candidate mention not applicable in the section instead of leaving it blank. Signing up for admission at a highly ranked business school means having to face extremely strong competition - academic and professional excellence are not sufficient.
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.
This is a sign that your teacher does not know you very well and does not pay much attention to you. This is a very generic statement that can be applied to any individual student in a teachers class. If you teacher states that you are one of the best students that they have ever had. The college admissions officer may take this as the teacher does not remember their students and who else they have taught in the past. If your teacher states that when you present in class other people listen. This is a cliche which is almost a sure way of saying I the teacher did not put much thought at all into this recommendation letter. This is just a basic statement and it is all I have now please leave me alone. Last but but not least if your teacher states that you took AP courses and got all As and Bs while attending them.