Part 3: College Application FAQ, Recommendation Letters

Parent FAQs: Letters of Recommendation Edition!

How do I make sure my recommender gets me the letter on time? Make life as EASY as possible for the recommender!

  1. Give your recommender a lot of time and notice.
  2. Give them a “brag sheet.”
  • If you give them a list of what you’ve accomplished, then not only can they brag about the specific things YOU want them to talk about, it helps refresh their memory. As someone who’s had a lot of recommendation letter requests from her students, Alyssa wants to write something really good and thoughtful. She knows that if she just writes a generic “I recommend Joe Johnson for your program,” that means nothing. She wants to write something that is fundamentally true about the child’s character, and about a time that the child had an experience and grew from it. That’s the essence of a great recommendation letter. And a brag sheet makes this so much easier.

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Executive Director at Yleana Leadership Foundation. Helping kids to get into college since 2006. Professional opera singer for 13 years :)

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Executive Director at Yleana Leadership Foundation. Helping kids to get into college since 2006. Professional opera singer for 13 years :)

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