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If you need to write letter of recommendation for grad school, check this presentation and find out how to write effective letters of recommendation for Graduate school. http://www.graduateschoolstatementofpurpose.org/

If you need to write letter of recommendation for grad school, check this presentation and find out how to write effective letters of recommendation for Graduate school. http://www.graduateschoolstatementofpurpose.org/

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How to Write Effective Letters of Recommendation for Grad School

  1. 1. HOW TO WRITE EFFECTIVE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FOR GRAD SCHOOL
  2. 2. A recommendation letter is an essential document in the application package. Academic scores definitely play the deciding role but an effective and powerful letter of recommendation can help an applicant to get in a grad school even with average degrees. So, read the following tips on how to make your writing successful.
  3. 3. Think carefully before agreeing to be a recommender Estimate how well you know the applicant and whether you’ll be able to write something on her/his behalf. If you’re feeling uncomfortable or not confident being a recommender and can’t come up with original ideas about the candidate, it will definitely be much better to look for another recommender.
  4. 4. However, if you know very well candidate’s strengths and potential and have a strong professional relationship, then you should start writing immediately!
  5. 5. Organize your piece of writing An organization is a key factor to success. Start you letter with introducing yourself, define for whom you’re writing this letter, to what course and school he/she is applying for, and how well you know the applicant.
  6. 6. • The next step – like in a statement of purpose engineering say about applicant’s scores and your records regarding his/her academic performance. Then, describe student’s motivation to study in this particular school, his/her strengths, achievements, abilities to think originally, knowledge of the chosen area of study, and so on. Sum up what you’ve said previously.
  7. 7. Gather essential information about an applicant Ask for guidance from a person you’re writing a recommendation letter about. What are her motives to study on this particular course? What skills and personal qualities make her/him stand out from other candidates? What has she achieved and are most proud of?
  8. 8. Ask for additional papers Ask for a resume/CV as well as other supporting materials and use them to back up your words. Ask also to read a statement of intent graduate school to find out student’s motivation.
  9. 9. • However, pick only relevant information: if a student is applying for a sociology program, your statements about how great his/her dancing skills are will not convince the admission committee he/she is the right person for the program.
  10. 10. Highlight the best characteristics Write about applicant’s accomplishments, how she/he resolved difficulties at work or even personal life, and how this can help her to be successful in grad school. Think of his/her best traits (being a wonderful leader, or an excellent writer, etc).
  11. 11. Provide lots of examples Support your words with real examples like in an engineering statement of purpose. Don’t just say how responsible the candidate is but back it up with demonstrative examples.
  12. 12. Use some anecdotes It will definitely help your letter as well as a student to stand out from the crowd. Coming up with some anecdotes will make your written piece more live and engaging.
  13. 13. Avoid hackneyed words Such words as “creative”, “hard-working” or “responsible” won’t make a student a unique candidate. Hundreds of other applicants are described in their graduate school statement of intent with the same qualities.
  14. 14. • So, watch your language and give as more details as you can about the candidate. Back them up with bright examples. Use statement of purpose graduate school engineering if it helps.
  15. 15. Explain why a candidate is a right person for the program Say how a student can contribute to the program. Give details about his/her personality which the admission committee won’t find in a letter of purpose graduate school or other supporting materials: an applicant can have plenty of hobbies, a great sense of humor, etc.
  16. 16. Be succinct The best letters of recommendation for grad school are usually one-page long. The admission committee can’t allow too much time on reading the five-pages writing.
  17. 17. Don’t forget to tell your personal information Provide your name, current job title, contact information in case the admission committee needs to talk to you. Also, use your school or company’s letterhead if it possible.
  18. 18. Don’t generalize Be as concrete as possible. The biggest failure while composing letters of recommendation graduate school is too many abstract generalities. The admissions are tired of it. Make your writing as unique as you can.
  19. 19. It’s your right to let the candidate see your written piece or not. Some recommenders want to stay confidential so don’t show letters to the applicant. It’s your decision to make. Personal statement graduate school engineering is also personalized and are presented only to the committee. The same is about a recommendation letter. Look at this Google book for more useful tips.
  20. 20. Still need writing help? Then, check graduateschoolstatementofpurpose.org right away!

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