Tag Archives: Recommendation letter

A rant on letters of recommendation that include passwords and check boxes

This is the time of year we write letters of recommendation. If you have a lot of students, you may be writing a lot of letters. Each student will need several letters. We generally use the same letter for different … Continue reading

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Letters of recommendation – help me out!!!

You think we’ve worked well together, but when it comes time to ask for that letter of recommendation, you worry. Couldn’t I have done more? What does she really think of me? What about that time I skipped class, or … Continue reading

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What have you discovered? I need to know to write this letter!

Why is it so hard to find out what a scientist has discovered from a letter of recommendation for her, from her web page, from nearly anywhere? If I am going to nominate you for something, if I am going … Continue reading

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Make your letters of recommendation show, not tell, and be careful!

In a way, the letter of recommendation is the good-old-boy-club side of a portfolio. Maybe a kinder way of stating this is that it is the human side of a person’s file. After all, the data that should be most … Continue reading

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