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Recommendation Letters

How College Applicants Can Brag (Modestly)

Josh Stephens | Posted 09.19.2016 | College
Josh Stephens

Probably the most mysterious element of the college application - so mysterious, in fact, that most applicants don't know it exists - is the school report.

Some Recommendations About Recommendation Letters

Josh Stephens | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Students who are truly dying to get into to selective colleges will meet with far greater success if they are enthusiastic, graceful, and gracious than they will if they maintain the illusion that grades -- and only grades -- matter above all else.

How Not to Ask for a Recommendation Letter

Adam Grant | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Adam Grant

Here are some of the most ineffective requests that I've seen as a manager and a professor, along with a running commentary on what a cynical recommender might read between the lines. My hope is that we'll all get a little bit more thoughtful about who, how, and when we ask.

The Art of the Recommendation Letter

Randy Miller | Posted 01.25.2013 | College
Randy Miller

While test scores and grades can vouch for your intellect and memorization skills, they cannot vouch for your character. A recommendation letter can; and while a great recommendation may or may not achieve the desired goal, a poorly intended letter will do a disservice to any student.