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2018-07-30 11:56:48

How to write letters of recommendation in schools and universities with examples

How to write letters of recommendation in schools and universities with examples

In this article you will learn about what letters of recommendation exist for schools and universities, and also get acquainted with examples of their writing.

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Educational institutions typically require 1-2-3 letters of recommendation from students. Letters should contain contact information of a teacher, classmate, employer who writes a letter so that the admissions office staff can contact him and clarify some details as necessary.

Rules for writing recommendations

All recommendations should fairly describe the applicant. The letter should be with personal signature and contact information of the teacher / employer / fellow student.

It is important that the person writing the recommendation not only knew the applicant, but also taught the subject directly related to the chosen specialty. For example, if an application for a specialty in chemistry is submitted, and a recommendation from a physical education teacher, then such a recommendation will absolutely not have value, since it can not show the student's knowledge in the chosen specialty.

It is better to immediately write the recommendations in English, but if this is not possible, then a specialist should send the translation, indicating their personal and contact details and with the stamp of their institution. Representatives of the company SMASS provide professional translation services.

It is better that all the information provided is reliable, and the characteristics are supported by examples. Each recommendation letter should complement the following, then when they are read, the admissions committee will have the most favorable opinion about the student.

In some universities, the US practices online recommendations. They pass in such a way that after reading the letters of recommendation to the people who wrote them, they come to the postal address with links to a page with an already ready login and password, on which they can fill one more recommendation. After entering, they will be offered a form in two or three pages, on which it will be necessary to assess the merits of the contestant on a scale.


Example of a letter of recommendation from the employer for the student (in English)


This letter is issued to Student Name to confirm that she has completed the training practical work from 1/07 / 2013 until 25/08/2013 at Consulting Center Ltd in Moscow. Student Name has carried out a wide range of assistance, including practical services for organizations and individual entrepreneurs, looking for developing of their businesses. During her time spent with us, she gained experience in practical consulting activities, she had helped to conduct audit of management systems.

Student Name has her an excellent job and we wish her a good luck with her application and want to thank her once again for her Contribution.

Example of a letter of recommendation from a teacher of mathematics for a schoolboy


For two years of teaching math in high school, Student's name showed himself to be a conscientious and active student, he diligently carried out his assignments. With interest perceives new material. I appreciate his knowledge for today is good and excellent. Always strives for better results and works on mistakes.Student's name A purposeful boy, I see in him a certain potential and interest in the subject. I was pleased to work with him, and I wishThe name of the Student of all the best in later life.


An example of an excellent detailed recommendation letter from a professor-professor for a student (In English)



Dear Admission Committee,

I am writing this letter to give my highest possible recommendation for Student Name. I know the student. Student Name first approached me two years ago in the laboratory for a summer. At our first meeting I described the general outline of the project. He asked good questions and appeared intelligent. He then went to the library and found many papers on the subject and read them carefully. He did not do that. I did not ask him to do this. I learned that I had my experience at it. Student Name obtained funding from a program at our University to work in the lab for a summer. During that summer,Student Name demonstrated the ability to work independently with great creativity and enthusiasm. He also put in many long hours. He worked as hard as my best graduate student. I teamedStudent Name with another student to work on a project of patients with shoulder pathology. The project included recruiting patients, testing patients using biomechanical instrumentation, and data analysis. Student Name excelled in each of these areas. His interpersonal skills were excellent. He "schmoozed" the clinical staff to ease the recruitment of patients. He was tested the patients professionally. Sometimes this testing required for a long time due to the extensive setup and calibration of equipment. He stayed after the testing sessions to back up data, clean up the area, and start data processing programs. He was usually the first in the lab. The other student working withStudent Name commented favorably about working with Student Name . He said Student Namegot along well with everyone, pulled his own weight on the project, and had the ability to compromise with other team members. One incident focus this point. There is a staff member in an adjoining laboratory that is a rather prickly person who has had many problems with students in the past. Student Name had to interact with this staff person in order to get his project done. Student Name was able to find a common interest with this staff person, which was folk dancing, and build a rapport based on this mutual interest. At the end of the summer the staff was noted thatStudent Name . Student Name also volunteered to help others in the lab. One of the other students was doing a project on knee biomechanics, and it's required harvesting knees from the University's morgue. Student Name volunteered to help harvest the knees on several occasions. I asked the graduate student in charge of that project aboutStudent Name , and he commented that Student Name has excellent dissection skills. I was particularly taken by Student Name creative mind and independent work ethic. He continued to read the literature independently and generate interesting hypotheses. We met about every other week, and at several meetings. By the end of the summer, I had not seen before.Student Name also showed remarkable problem solving ability. Our instrumentation system began. Student Name spent a full weekend troubleshooting the system. He was there and there was a loose wire in the A / D connection box. Student Nameis going to be first author on a manuscript that he is preparing for publication. He went on his promise to write the manuscript during his M2 year. In addition, he handled the manuscript revisions and saw the manuscript through to publication. This is his high level of motivation. In summary, Student Name is clearly the best student I have worked with in the last 10 years. I would do very much like him match to our residency program. Even though I hope he stays here, I think he would be an outstanding asset to your program. I give him my highest recommendation.

Sincerely, Professor Name (Signature)



Example of a letter of recommendation for the university English) from the student


To Whom it May Concern

It is my pleasure to recommend Student Name for admission to at . I am a fifth-year Ph.D. Student at the University of California, Berkeley. I came to know Student Name when I was her Graduate Student Instructor for Philosophy (Ethical Relativism). The course was compiled . Student Name distinguished herself by submitting an exceptionally well researched and interesting project on ethical practices in ancient Greece. I would rank her in the top 2% of the students that I have written in the past five years in respect of her writing ability and research skills. Overall,Student Name is highly intelligent and has good analytical skills. Her project on ethical practices in ancient Greece showed her the ability to come to a close understanding of the ethical practices of another, very different, culture, and to analyze the consequences of those practices for contemporary ethical theories. She gave a particularly interesting discussion of the difficult course of the infanticide, and showed both sensitivity and detachment when discussing its ethical consequences. Her overall intelligence was also reflected in her grades for the course, which were by far the best in the class.Student Name has excellent communication skills. Her written work is both clear and concise, as well as interesting to read. She demonstrated her oral articulateness in the discussion. Each discussion section focused on a particular ethical dilemma. Students were required to analyze the problems in question, and to develop and argue for their own ethical views.Student Name was highly proficient in applying the course material in analyzing the problem situations. Very clear and persuasive.Student Name also displayed good teamwork skills in group assignments. At a personal level, Student Name is a well disciplined, industrious student with a pleasant personality. She went well beyond the course of the course in the quantity and quality of her project, putting in a lot of extra research and attending office hours every week. Throughout the course,Student Name demonstrated great perseverance and initiative. Not only was she interested in and motivated to learn the material, but she also put great work into assimilating it to her own experience and developing her own ideas about each other. Student Name is unquestionably an exceptional candidate for graduate study in Ethics. Student Namework in Philosophy suggests that she would greatly benefit from the opportunities for intellectual development provided by a sustained period of graduate study. She has a degree in perseverance, initiative, and intellectual creativity. I would accordingly highly recommend Student Name . If her performance in my class is a good indication of how she would perform a student, she would be an extremely positive asset to your program. If I can not of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.




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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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