1. Do I know you well? A good recommendation letter will have vivid details that show what an excellent student you are. Many applications will also ask specific questions about your critical thinking, leadership, problem solving, time management, and/or communication skills. Have I had an opportunity to observe these abilities? If I don't know you well enough to speak to these questions (or if our only interaction was in a large lecture class), you may want to consider asking another faculty member who can write about these skills in more detail.
2. Have you completed at least one course with me and earned a grade of "B" or higher? If you are currently enrolled in your first course with me, I probably don't have enough evidence of your academic skills yet to write a detailed letter.
3. Is the letter due at least two weeks from now? Remember that strong letters require time and attention.
If you answered "Yes" to all of these questions, click "Next" to complete the request form. The form will ask for more information about you, the opportunity that you are applying for, and the letter submission process.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.