Dear College Admission Expert,
How do I decide what teachers should write my letters of recommendation? Also, how early should I ask them to write them?
When you are considering which teachers you would like to write your letters of recommendation, consider those with whom you have had the most one on one, more personal interaction. Chances are, they will be able to write a far more accurate, engaging letter that paints a more favorable and interesting portrait. You can even ask your teacher if they feel they know you well enough to write a favorable letter of recommendation. This way, if they don’t, they have a chance to back down comfortably, without any pressure. You should allow your teachers at least two weeks to write your letter before the postmark date, although the sooner the better. Additionally, make sure that you include a postmarked envelope and any supplementary forms the college requires.
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