How do you ask for a letter of recommendation on short notice?
You’re asking for a favor, and it’s not polite to ask on short notice. Admit that upfront and apologize for it, even if you don’t feel like it’s really your fault. Second, have a good reason for asking so late, and tell it. Not an excuse — an actual reason.
How late can you ask for a letter of recommendation?
Unless your school or teachers set other policies, you should ask for recommendation letters about four weeks before your college deadlines. If your deadlines vary, then ask four weeks before your earliest one.
What is the best way to ask for a letter of recommendation?
When asking for a letter of recommendation, here are ten things to do, more or less in chronological order:
- 1) Plan ahead: Ask for letters well ahead of the deadline!
- 2) Ask nicely.
- 3) Ask what kind of letter you might get!
- 4) rite gud.
- 5) Include ALL the relevant details, in one well-composed e-mail:
- 6) Follow-up!
Is 2 weeks enough time to ask for a letter of recommendation?
Asking for the Letter
Timing: Two weeks is the minimum lead-time you should give a professor to complete a letter of recommendation. A month is better than two weeks. The Initial Request for a Letter: My view is that asking for things is best done in person, when that is possible.