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Asking a teacher for a recommendation letter - April 22nd 2016, 02:25 AM

I am applying for a intern-counselor-thing at an art camp this summer, and part of the application for first-time applicants is to get a letter of recommendation from a teacher. Herein lies my problem--while I know that it is not likely that they'll refuse, I have no idea who to ask to write it. I either don't have a good relationship with that teacher, or I've made a good impression, but they don't know me all that well.

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Re: Asking a teacher for a recommendation letter - April 22nd 2016, 05:20 PM

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I am applying for a intern-counselor-thing at an art camp this summer, and part of the application for first-time applicants is to get a letter of recommendation from a teacher. Herein lies my problem--while I know that it is not likely that they'll refuse, I have no idea who to ask to write it. I either don't have a good relationship with that teacher, or I've made a good impression, but they don't know me all that well.

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Honestly, I'd e-mail them (assuming they respond to e-mails) and explain who you are, and your situation. The worst they can do is say no, and the best they can do is say yes. You really have nothing to lose.

This is what I did when applying for scholarships. I did well in their classes, but I didn't really have a connection with them. In fact, one of the guys I asked, I never went to his office hours for anything. But he still wrote me a fantastic letter.

You just have to ask. Don't be afraid of hearing 'no.' It's pretty much that simple.


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Re: Asking a teacher for a recommendation letter - April 22nd 2016, 06:27 PM

I agree with Michael. Even the teachers that you don't have a good relationship with could still give you a letter of recommendation. And for the ones that you feel they don't know you that well, feel free to include a bit more information about you and why you want to do the internship. Best to do this via email, if possible. Otherwise, you can just ask at the end of the class. If a teacher says no, move onto the next one. You'll find someone who will happily give you a letter of recommendation


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Re: Asking a teacher for a recommendation letter - April 25th 2016, 06:28 PM

A lot of schools have a policy that's says teachers / professors have to write a reference. Of course, it doesn't have to be good. So what you could do is approach them at the end of class or by email and say that you know that you haven't gotten to know them much but your applying for this job and need a reference and would they be willing to write a good reference. Emphasis on good.

Also, offer to provide them with relevant details (eg thevdescription of the job, a copy of your resume and cover letter and a list of things that you think might be helpful or would appreciate being said) and offer to be available by email or whatever if they need to follow up.

I've talked to quite a few teachers about references and this seems to be the general best way to go about it b




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Re: Asking a teacher for a recommendation letter - April 25th 2016, 08:59 PM

Ask all of them to write one, then just submit the one you like the most
   
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Re: Asking a teacher for a recommendation letter - April 26th 2016, 12:16 AM

Thanks for the responses. They helped a lot


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