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Letters of Recommendation

Counselor and Teacher Relationships: Thinking Ahead to College Admissions

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 01.24.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

It behooves you to develop good relationships with a number of teachers throughout your four years of high school so that when it comes time to write a recommendation they know you both as a student and a person.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: On Being Teachable

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 04.12.2014 | Education
Stephanie Vanderslice

As teachers, we must work hard to cultivate the growth mindset in our students, to see their writing as continually "in-process," rather than finished products.

Applying to College: Test Scores, Letters and Resumes

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.14.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Seniors are starting to put the final touches on some of their college applications, which means it's time to look at some of the small details that, taken together, can make a difference in the way your application will be reviewed.

Letters of Recommendation: The Real Icing on Your College Admissions Cake

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

While colleges will not be happy to have you brag about yourself on your applications, it is absolutely appropriate, if not essential, for recommenders to sing your praises as enthusiastically and with as much detail as they can.

Applying to College? Four Things Juniors Should Do Now

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.03.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Given this frenetic level of activity, this probably isn't the time to be talking about fall -- but there are a few autumnal things to put on the smartphone, personal planner, or family fridge.

Google Search Is a Teen's "Best Friend" When Looking for College Admissions Information

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 04.25.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

The City of San Diego Public Library system is at the forefront in California, if not the U.S., in providing information and resources about college a...

Impression Management and Letters of Recommendation

Karen Sternheimer | Posted 06.23.2013 | College
Karen Sternheimer

Matthew was once a student of mine. He regularly left class early, arrived late, and seemed bored. His coursework was mediocre, and when he got his grade at the end of the semester he came to complain. Imagine my surprise when he then asked me for a letter of recommendation.

Study Shows Gender Bias In Recommendation Letters

The Daily Pennsylvanian | By Lauren Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

When it comes to recommendation letters for women, kind words do more harm than good. A recent study shows that letters of recommendation written f...