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  1. Ds is applying to colleges this fall, and he has asked a few people to write letters of recommendation for him. My question is for how many copies should he ask? I am guessing he will apply to ~5 schools, and certainly he could always ask for another copy if he needed it, but it seems more respectful of the letter writers' time to ask for them all at once. We just did this 2 years ago with my oldest daughter... you would think I could remember... Thank you!
  2. I finally finished my first counselor letter and had a friend read it. She had two main objections: She doesn't think that I should make any reference to myself as mom/teacher - as in, make it seem as much like a public school counselor would as possible and don't mention anything negative I tried googling and the only comments I could find online were to be brutally honest and to balance out the positives and negatives. Now I am unsure which way I lean.
  3. I know my kids better than anyone. So why is it so darn hard to write about them? I've looked at samples that come from schools and I can't do that, I'm not a stranger. But I can't write a letter as mom, because that is not what the schools want to hear. And, I have to write three different ones. DDs was easier, because she has so many extra-curriculars and a clear direction she wants to go in, but the boys are so much more "average". I've got the part about our "school" and their education down, but I am struggling with the rest. Any tips? I have one really sweet, cheerful, easy-going, laid back son, who does really well with all his subjects (even the ones he doesn't like) and who has no passions or serious interests - or even favorite subjects. Augh! He is the hardest.
  4. From old threads I found the MIT link which proposed what is below. "Try to address the following questions in your evaluation: What is the context of your relationship with the applicant? If you do not know the applicant well and are only able to write a brief summary, please acknowledge this. Has the student demonstrated a willingness to take intellectual risks and go beyond the normal classroom experience? Does the applicant have any unusual competence, talent or leadership abilities? What motivates this person? What excites him/her? How does the applicant interact with teachers? With peers? Describe his/her personality and social skills. What will you remember most about this person? If you have knowledge of MIT, what leads you to believe MIT is a good match for this person? How might he/she fit into the MIT community and grow from the MIT experience? Has the applicant ever experienced disappointment or failure? If so, how did he/she react? Are there any unusual family or community circumstances of which we should be aware?"" My question - I'm wondering if anyone has any other handy links with lists of other possibilities? Or does this one pretty much cover it all? Thanks! Joan
  5. I've been looking at college admission requirements and they all want "academic" references, that I'm assuming mean teacher references. My kids are all taking online classes, but none where they interact greatly with the teacher, enough that the teacher would really get to know them well. They have to post on discussion boards and turn in homework and papers, etc. Is that enough to ask for reference letters? And if not (and I will obviously be asking Admissions offices as well) have people been successful submitting alternate types of references? These are some of our options (not all for the same kid - I've got 3 graduating next year). Sports Coach 4H leader Volunteer Job "Boss" (these would all be people who have known my kids for multiple years and spent many hours with them). And nobody seems to want more than 2, they specifically say don't send more than 2.... Thanks
  6. I'm not sure which forum to post this in, so I'm cross posting here and on the College Board sub-forum. Is there a protocol for asking someone for a letter of recommendation? Specifically, a cc professor. Ds is planning on applying for a summer opportunity and the application process begins in mid-Feb. He has taken two courses with the same prof (one this summer and one this fall--- final exam next week--courses are 101 & 102 levels). What we would *love* to have is a letter specifically for the summer program's application and a general one for when he applies to college~~~ ds is only 15 and in the 10th grade (not sure if prof knows this), so there is a lot of time for the prof to forget ds which is why we're thinking of a 'general' letter to file away. I guess I'm mostly asking *how* does ds go about asking this of his prof~~especially the writing of two letters? He's planning on asking prof during office hours, but other than that, he is not sure of what to do (me either, as I never needed a LOR). Also, if the prof writes a letter(s), is there a 'thank you' of sorts that ds should provide/follow up with? Advice? :bigear: Thanks in advance!!
  7. What did you include in the counselor form for the Common Application? I'm doing okay with the HS Supplement, but I don't know what to write about my daughter for the counselor form. Do I give them statistics about our area? I know I need to focus on my daughter's strengths, but I'm not sure what that will look like. Thanks for any help or advice!
  8. So, I have a transcript/recommendation letters question. Before I left school I got 3 recommendations from 3 different teachers. One was my current (at the time) English teacher, the other was my 9th grade English teacher, and the last was my Video teacher. My current English teacher talked about my academic skills, my 9th grade English teacher talked about me academically but with more of an extracurricular twist (saying all the things I've done with my life outside of school) and my Video teacher talked mainly about my leadership skills and being the youngest director of the morning show and such. He also mentioned academics as I spoke of my future plans with him but his letter was more pride filled than teacher-ly. I am just wondering, are recommendations from 3 teachers alright, or should I get an outside rec. also? I know getting another rec. wouldn't hurt anything, but is it absolutely necessary? I figure my Video teacher's rec. could be counted as extra-curricular since it was an elective class. I volunteer at an animal shelter but our car broke down about 2 months ago so I haven't been able to volunteer. I would feel awful walking in there and asking for a rec., even when I do go back and am there for a while. I don't want the woman to feel used, she is very sweet. She doesn't work with me either, she is the Volunteer Coordinator so she hears reports but I never see her unless I have a specific meeting with her. Oh, and the transcript part of the question: Do I send the recommendations in with the transcript, course descriptions, reading lists, etc. or do I send them in with the app.? Do I send the transcript and all in with the app.? I plan on doing applications online so do I send the transcript after I fill out the app.? This is more than a year away, just looking to the future at the moment.
  9. Dd read on some college websites that parent-written recommendation letters are acceptable. What has your experience been? (Yes, we plan to send recommendations from non-family members also, but dd only has one non-family teacher who taught her in the first and third year of high school and one who taught her in the 2nd year.)
  10. Letter of recommendation for National Merit Scholarship – does it have to be an academic letter of recommendation? Or can it be from a non-academic person such as a swim coach? I need to make a decision to sign up my dd in an online class or cc class, if the letter needs to be an academic letter of recommendation. Or maybe I can hire a Latin tutor. What do you think? Thanks in advance for your replies.
  11. Dd has been invited to apply for the honors college at one of her college choices. They require a resume or vita and a counselor letter. I have absolutely no idea what goes in one. Help? Must be postmarked by Wednesday. Aack! Thanks! Valerie
  12. I've been asked to write a letter of recommendation for a friend's son who is applying to a small liberal arts college. I'm being asked to do this in the capacity of a family friend (for many years) and a fellow homeschooling parent. Any ideas what I should include in the letter? I'm making lots of notes but I'm not sure if I should be speaking about him as far as his academic potential or if I should just be speaking about his personality and such. Any thoughts? Any websites with good, somewhat homeschooling-related, sample letters that I could use as a springboard? Thanks, Sue
  13. What is proper etiquette for thanking the teachers who write letters of recommendation for your dc’s college applications? Dh says (and I agree) that it’s a significant amount of work to write a good letter of recommendation, not to mention if it needs to be tailored and sent to a number of schools. Do you send a just a thank-you note? A small gift? An honorarium? Anyone know what’s most appropriate? We’re asking for letters of recommendation from the tutor of an online math course ds took just recently, and a music teacher who’s known ds since he was 7. Thanks in advance!
  14. How on earth is kiddo going to get letters of recommendation for college? Here is the situation: We have no access to community college courses. The AP program at our local high school is under review by college board for not meeting standards (eg: CB isn't letting them call their classes AP because the teachers aren't qualified to teach at that level). We have no "non-must sign a statement of faith co-op" available. Kiddo and I are looking to start a non religion-based one this fall, but there are no guarantees it will fly. We are in a foreign country, and will most likely remain so for the duration of high school. Returning to our home country is not an option. "Live" on-line courses also don't work, as the time difference is too great. I am considering signing him up for History at our House for 10th and 11th grade, as the instructor there will write LoR, even if the student is not able to take the "live" version of the class. I like the approach, but I could easily do basically the same class at home - I admit I would be doing this just for the recommendation option. He is learning German online w/ a tutor via the Goethe Institut, and will test for their certificate after each year, but that isn't the same as a recommendation. I suppose I could ask the tutor... He is involved in Israeli martial arts, and the instructor is a well educated professional. But an academic rec from a martial arts instructor? Um... He is also a piper, and takes lessons for that. But again, a recommendation from one's music teacher when one's goal is physics? I swear, even after all of the work I have put in to create a curriculum that fits him, part of me wants to toss it to the wind and sign up at Kolbe just so that I won't have to consider these things. asta
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