.A letter of recommendation is exactly what it sounds like: a letter from someone you know, vouching for your qualities as a student\/employee.\r\n\r\nMost colleges require a letter (or letters) of recommendation as part of their admission process. Likewise, employers and scholarship boards value letters of recommendation highly.\r\n\r\nMany students assume that every letter of recommendation is the same, but the quality of your letter can make a big difference. As such, it\u2019s worth putting thought into whom you ask and how you go about this.\r\nWhom to Ask?\r\n\r\n \tSomeone Who Knows You\r\n\r\nWhile a recommendation from a famous name in academia might look good at first, it will seem hollow unless it comes from someone who actually knows you and your work.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s therefore vital that the person you ask is someone with whom you have worked, like a teacher whose class you\u2019ve taken or a research supervisor.\r\n\r\n \tSomeone Who Likes You\r\n\r\nThis might sound obvious, but it\u2019s always better if you\u2019re on good terms with the person you ask for a recommendation!\r\n\r\nTry to establish a good relationship with teachers\/professors early on, especially if you know you\u2019ll need a letter of recommendation from them in the future.\r\n\r\n \tSubject-Specific Teachers\r\n\r\nMany colleges ask for a recommendation from your subject teachers, as these will have the best idea of your capabilities in specific fields.\r\nHow to Ask?\r\n\r\n \tLeave Plenty of Time\r\n\r\nIf you want a good recommendation, make sure to ask well before your application deadline.\r\n\r\nThis is important, since college professors are often asked to write letters of recommendation by dozens of students. As such, they won\u2019t have as much time to give yours consideration if you leave it to the last minute.\r\n\r\nYou should, therefore, always ask at least a month before the deadline (longer if possible). This will give your referee time to compose a thoughtful letter of recommendation.\r\n\r\n \tBe Organized!\r\n\r\nAs well as time, your referee will need certain information to write your letter of recommendation. This will typically include your resume, details about your application(s) and relevant contact information.\r\n\r\n \tBe Polite!\r\n\r\nWe hope this goes without saying, but asking politely is a good idea if you\u2019re hoping your referee will write a strong, supportive letter of recommendation in return. Likewise, once your referee has supplied a recommendation, a thank you note rarely goes amiss.\r\n\r\nAnd remember, if you\u2019re not polite to your referee, your recommendation letter might not turn out how you wanted.