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Sikeston High School’s Procedure for Letter of Recommendation Requests

As mentioned in the two articles featured below, it is crucial to give yourself plenty of time to take the right steps when you request a Letter of Recommendation. In order to make the process more effecient, and to allow letter writers to highlight areas you find important, we are now asking that you use the forms below. Each form is an opportunity for you to provide information to the writer including where the letter should go, when it needs to be there, and what details you want emphasized. For example, if you are applying for an English program, you would ask the writer to mention your writing ability.  

Directions for the Letter of Recommendation Forms: 

  1. Open the document in Google Drive as a Google Doc.
  2. Make a copy of the form. 
  3. Fill out the copied form and give it to the letter writer. 
    1. If you are asking a teacher for a letter of recommendation, please use the Teacher Form for Recommendation Letters
    2. If you asking a counselor for a letter of recommendation, please use the Counselor Form for Recommendation Letters
  4. The third form available, Parent Brag Sheet for Recommendation Letters, is optional. It is an opportunity for your parent to share more information about you with your letter of recommendation writer. 
  5. Once the form(s) is/are complete, turn them in to the person you are requesting the letter from. **Give the writer plenty of time to complete their letter.

Letter of Recommendation Forms:


How to Get a Great Letter of Recommendation (Excerpt

Colleges often ask for two or three recommendation letters from people who know you well. These letters should be written by someone who can describe your skills, accomplishments and personality.

Colleges value recommendations because they:

  • Reveal things about you that grades and test scores can’t
  • Provide personal opinions of your character
  • Show who is willing to speak on your behalf

Letters of recommendation work for you when they present you in the best possible light, showcasing your skills and abilities.

Follow the link in the citation below for more tips and tricks. 

”How to Get a Great Letter of Recommendation”. CollegeBoard.  

Letter of Recommendation: Do’s and Dont’s (Excerpt)

*In the most recent NACAC 2019 State of College Admission survey, the majority of respondents marked Letters of Recommendation from counselors and teachers of “Moderate Importance,” with a portion even considering it of “Considerable Importance,” on par with grades and test scores.

*Ask your teacher, counselor, or mentor what they think of you, and whether they’re inclined to write about you positively. If the answer is yes, then you’ve got a glowing recommendation coming! 

Your recommenders may also ask if there’s anything particular you want them to talk about in the letter of recommendation. For instance, if you’re entering into an English program, perhaps they write about a great argument you made in the last essay you wrote. Provide your recommenders with cool and notable things you’ve done, perhaps in the same email mentioned earlier. 

Follow the link in the citation below for more Do’s and Dont’s. 

“Letter of Recommendation: Do’s and Dont’s”.

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