Reference letters of recommendation from tutors at your school will provide admissions committees with valuable insight into your abilities and character, and—along with your transcript—provide an important record of your achievements.
As with every part of your application, reference letters serve one purpose: to convince those reading them that you belong in their school.
A quality reference letter is both professional and personal. The tutor writing it should be aware of more than your test scores, he or she should know something about you… about challenges you have overcome, extracurricular activities you have pursued, and character you have shown.
Admissions committees will be looking for three things in your reference letters:
Students should always waive the right to see reference letters written about them.
To Whom It May Concern:
I feel pretty proud of the fact that of all the people Laine could have asked to write a letter of recommendation, she asked me.
In the three years that I’ve known her, I’ve constantly been impressed by her organization to every detail of the project at hand, her ability to work with and engage those she is in contact with, and the way she carries herself—even in unfamiliar situations.
She seems older than she is. In a good way. In the “Why can’t every person that graduating from high school be as professional as she is?” kind of way.
If you look at her stellar transcript, you may wonder how she has time to excel at anything other than academics. As her math tutor for the last two years, I’ve often wondered the same.
But she makes the time. When she isn’t helping a fellow student understand a complicated math problem, Laine leads our school’s tennis team, works behind the scenes to make nearly every one of our theatre department’s productions outstanding, and volunteers her time with me helping coach youth football.
Laine was one of four individuals that applied to help coach our team. I had already decided to invite another student to help. But then Laine mentioned she was interested, and I was excited about the opportunity. Speaking for the entire team—we haven’t once regretted having her involved.
Her classmates love her. The girls she coaches love her. Our entire school loves her. I’m sure you will, too.
If you have any questions about Laine, or any concerns regarding what she could bring to your university, please feel free to call me at ________________ or email me at ________________.
Head of Mathematics