So it happened again. You received that last-minute request for a letter of recommendation. Your generous conscience compels you to agree to the request, but your practical side gives you a moment's pause. What do I say? How do I say it? What should I do? The thoughts nag at you.
I created this document to be given to all students who request a letter of recommendation. It is detailed, rational, and concise. But, to me, the most significant aspect to the letter is that it takes the pressure off my shoulders to accommodate every request when time and other work and life responsibilities make it difficult. Simultaneously, it ensures that I may craft a thoughtful, effective letter of recommendation under the right circumstances.
Feel free to use this form to facilitate a dialogue (or, heck, even replace dialogue!) on the etiquette of requesting letters of recommendation.
Feel free to share this document with your cohorts.
Feel free to reference this document when drafting your own similar document.
Obviously, the key word here is free -- because this resource is just that: free!