Character and social behavior play a great role in one’s life, be it academics or professional. And most of the time your biggest decisions and turning points are made because of your character and demeanor. Having a strong character is a big deal, even in the first steps of your practical life, like getting admission to a university. The recommendation letter defines your character. This article is not just for students but for teachers as well. Why? You’ll get to know that soon.
What is a Recommendation Letter?
The recommendation letter, like its name suggests, is a letter in which a student or interested candidate is recommended for scholarship or admission into a degree course. The letter of recommendation has a separate trust value in the selection procedure. It describes a candidate’s character and behavior.
The recommendation letter is the only document that can be submitted more than once. This means that you can attach as many recommendation letters along with your application, as you like. This will not only put the impression of good credibility but also increase your chances of winning the scholarship.
From who and to whom, it is concerned?
Although the recommendation letter is needed by the candidate. But it is not composed or drafted by the candidate himself. This document is supposed to be created by a teacher or counselor from the candidate’s recent educational institution. The recommendation letter is addressed to the scholarship committee about the qualities of the candidate in question. Therefore, it should be borne in mind that this document should not at all be brushed aside.
Significance of Recommendation letter:
The recommendation letter is a valuable document that is paid great attention to by the scholarship panel. The reason is that it describes the candidate’s character, social behavior, skills, academic achievements, abilities, and social response to different situations as well. In a way, it tries to depict the behavioral psychology of the candidate.
The recommendation letter is a kind of recommendation and guarantees by the teacher at the same time. The scholarship panel reviews this document very attentively, as it shows them a reflection of the candidate, as they cannot meet each and every candidate in person.
Guidelines on Writing a Recommendation Letter:
This part is specifically for the teachers as it will give them brief guidelines related to writing a nice recommendation letter. First of all, keep in mind that you are recommending the student on behalf of your experience with him, so make things look realistic, rather than befooling. And it’s always better to set a small meeting with the student to gather the valid points needed in this document. Let’s begin with the guidelines.
- Proper Introduction:
The beginning should consist of an introduction of yourself and the candidate/student. The introduction should be kept minimal and decent. Mention your name, institute, and designation. Then mention the candidate’s name and the subjects you’ve taught.
- Share a blast from the past:
Afterward, share your first few weeks with the student and his behavior with you as a stranger to a teacher. Then mention the student’s behavior after getting familiar. Student’s social behavior and teamwork skills also count, so don’t forget to mention them.
- Candidate’s Achievements:
Mention the academic achievements and accomplishments of the candidate. Don’t hesitate to mention any skills and part-time job experiences your student has had. Remember, you have to show the reviewer that you hold a certain bond with your student.
- Capability and capacity:
Next, you have to tell the reviewer that the candidate is full of potential and leadership qualities. Plus, this student has the capacity to adjust to different situations and cope up with challenges. You can give examples as well to support your words.
- Reflection of passion:
Highlighting the candidate’s passion for the student’s field means a lot in this document. You can assure the panel that the candidate is devoted to his field and will make a great name for themselves and the institute as well. If needed, mention any past experiences that relate to the candidate’s passion for their field.
This is the ending part in which you have to summarize the whole document and inform the panel that the candidate is the most deserving and eligible out of all. Don’t forget to drop your email address and contact number at the end.
Best of luck to both the teacher and the student.