How Can a Professor Know You Well Enough to Write You a Letter Of?

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How can a professor know you well enough to write you a letter of recommendation? Also, when is it best to ask?

If you are known to the professor, then it should simply be a matter of asking. Make an appointment to see the professor, and provide a copy of your resume (and perhaps a copy of your transcript). Explain how the professor knows you (I was a student in your class last semester), explain what you are asking of, and provide the background info. If the professor doesn’t want to write a letter for you, or says she doesn’t know you well enough to write a good letter, then think about who else might...

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I think some students make this mistake, but my experience was students who were either (a) very aggressive and didn’t read the professor's email, or (b) were very insecure about their grades, and didn’t want to appear to be someone who hadn't been a good student in the past. That being said, it IS possible that if you do this process quickly and effectively that you can write a good letter to everyone at the university and still get the job you want. My friend was interviewing to be an adjunct instructor at a large university. She was having trouble passing both of her classes (which was something of a surprise to her). During her interview, she was told that the main reason she was having difficulty passing was because the dean had failed to take into consideration how she was doing at other institutions. I think that in.

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