It is best to have recommenders write while the teen’s performance is still fresh in their minds. They can recall specific details of class leadership demonstrated by the student or share the fresh insights your child offered during class discussions. Even if your kid will be taking another class from this same teacher in the senior year, a letter started now and filed on the computer can easily be added to later.
We want to give teachers every chance to write the best letter possible. The fall semester of the senior year can quickly overload teachers and students alike. Many kids will wait until the last minute to ask for recommendations and the best teachers are often swamped, giving them less time to devote to individual letters. Thus, late spring and early summer of the junior year provide the optimal time for teachers to have the breathing room to devote to this important letter.
A little advanced planning on your student’s part can help ensure that their teacher recommendation letters shine!
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