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ERIC Number: EJ1158171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Toward a Better Letter
Paterson, Jim
Journal of College Admission, n236 p28-31 Sum 2017
Letters of recommendation consume a lot of time and thought as they are solicited, written, and read, and, while many high school and college admission officials say that work pays off by providing a university with valuable and sometimes unique information about prospective students, most everyone also agrees they could be more effective. Some admissions directors feel that letters of recommendation are often superfluous, because they are written by people the applicant thinks will impress a school. Often, they fail to provide the school with a different angle of who the student is or could be as a member of the school community. This article offers tips on how all three players in the recommendation process could be more helpful in serving the purpose intended: helping the college and the student find the right fit.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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