Dept. of Linguistics, UCLA
I do these for undergraduates fairly regularly. Here are bits of advice
to help make the process go smoothly.
If possible, come tell me in person what your general plans are, so I'll
have background for writing the letter.
Put on paper what you are applying for, with addresses.
On the same document, remind me of what courses you took from me, and when.
Include copies of any material from the institution(s) you are applying to
that would help me to write a more focused letter.
Include all forms I have to fill out. Please fill in the blanks that you
know how to fill in.
If you have written term papers for me and still have copies, include
Xeroxes of these papers. I will reread them and make them part of the basis
of my letter.
In the paper document mentioned above, note all applicable deadlines,
using large type.
If you like, as the deadline approaches, you can ask me if I've sent the
letter(s). I will not be offended by such requests.
In general, I strive to write the most positive letter I can while still
feeling honest about the process. If you want to know roughly what
my letter would be like, ask me in advance.
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