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How Can I Write Better Letters of Recommendation?


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Four Steps to Writing Efficient and Effective Letters of Recommendation

Consider the last time you were asked to write a letter of recommendation. Chances are it was a last-minute email you received from a student requesting your assistance.

You felt pressured to assist because you wanted to help your student and you knew his or her future was on the line.

But what if it didn’t have to be this way?

What if you could write letters of recommendation more effectively and efficiently, by inspiring the student to be more accountable in the process? This 20-Minute Mentor How Can I Write Better Letters of Recommendation shares the four key steps to doing exactly that.


This 20-Minute Mentor demonstrates how to take the experience of writing letters of recommendation from stressful to stress-free. After participating, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Identify appropriate timelines
  • Determine exactly what details must be covered
  • Involve students in the process so you best match specific classroom experiences to the new opportunity
  • Create a meaningful and successful letter of recommendation without disrupting your regular workload


Professor Ken Alford of Brigham Young University offers a fresh and engaging approach to reducing the time commitment and stress faculty face when writing letters of recommendation.

Topics include the following:

  • Why you shouldn’t ever feel obligated to write a letter of recommendation
  • Actionable steps and guidelines to reference when writing your next letter of recommendation
  • The importance of setting appropriate timelines with students
  • The information needed to create a meaningful letter of recommendation
  • Quick and easy ways to reference student success stories