It's that time of year again, and time for students to ask for letters of recommendation for college admissions and scholarships. I am happy to write you a letter, with the following conditions:
You have been a student in my class for at least two quarters. This gives me a chance to get to know you before writing on your behalf.
You provide me with a resume that tells me about you both in and out of school. This is important because it provides me with insight about the things you do outside of school I might not otherwise get from talking with you in class.
You provide me with a list of 8 adjectives that you feel describe you. I use these to help me guide my writing.
You provide me with a statement that tells me what you plan on doing after high school/college. This gives me a sense of the direction you'd like your life to go once you leave Elwood.
You ask for your letter at least 4 weeks in advance of the deadline you need it for. Do not ask the day before and expect me to write a glowing recommendation.
Use Naviance whenever possible. Online recommendations are much easier and convenient (and cheap! no stamps!).
Any forms or online forms I need to fill in should be brought in or emailed to me. Make sure you have signed any forms that require your signature.
If something must be mailed, please bring an stamped envelope.
Finally, give me a deadline. I will not write a letter of recommendation without a deadline attached to it. Trust me when I tell you this is more for your benefit than it is for mine--without a deadline.