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Ep. 33 | Letters of Recommendation

With the importance of the SAT, ACT, and GPAs fading this year, letters of recommendation will play an even larger role in college admissions. Are you prepared to make the most of this new reality?

Show Notes:

In today’s episode, I address the growing importance of letters of recommendation. What they are? When you should request them? Which teachers should you ask? How much do these letters matter? Do they matter more or less in light of COVID-19? What are the best strategies and tactics to secure the best letters of recommendation possible?

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:01:28 Why is this important for rising juniors?
0:01:45 Why early preparation matters so much
0:02:18 A tale of two juniors
0:03:21 How to set yourself up for success
0:03:52 What not to do
0:05:05 The Magic: Strategy + Tactics
0:06:04 Step 1: Teacher selection
0:07:55 Eight special factors
0:12:12 Step 2: Ask the teachers
0:13:13 How to ask your teacher 
0:15:14 Step 3: Send your brag sheet
0:17:20 How much do letters matter?
0:18:00 Why is this year different?
0:18:45 Why it’s important to finish strong 
0:19:25 How to make sure you have great letters

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