I usually tell my students, remember when you were in class, and be honest with yourself about what you did in that class. Look over the comments that you had on your report card, and let that guide your decision about which teacher to ask. You want to pick someone who has known you a long time. You want to pick someone who can talk about how you are as a student inside and outside the classroom. This should be someone with whom you’ve had a really good relationship. Maybe they have been a mentor to you, taught you something new, or taught you something about yourself and how to expand your own knowledge. The one key thing is to pick someone who will say both good things and maybe the areas where you could improve. Always choose somebody who knows you well and will be honest about what they think about you. Students should be honest with themselves about what kind of student they were for that teacher before asking them. Also, make sure to let teachers know at least two weeks in advance about writing a recommendation - don’t spring it on them at the last minute.

About the Author

Keo Oura Kounlavong-Sabath

After graduating from Ursinus College in 2000, Keo Oura Kounlavong-Sabath found herself teaching English in Japan and briefly working as a legislative reporter for a non-profit agency....