Letter of Rec. Question

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jessuf
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Letter of Rec. Question

Postby jessuf » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:42 pm

Which professor would be better to solicit a letter of recommendation from:

1.) A professor who knows you via office hours, is familiar with your writing style aside from just the final, and you know they like you BUT you did not get a 4.0 in their class

OR

2.) A professor with whom you did not interact with outside of class BUT you got a 4.0 in their class

Or I guess option 3: get to know all of my spring semester professors in their office hours and hopefully book their classes?

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Re: Letter of Rec. Question

Postby RodneyBoonfield » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:29 pm

Can think of good arguments for both. I would think that if you got an A- in the former's class, then that professor would be able to give you a "glowing review". Otherwise, I would probably go with the latter, unless you think you can still get a "glowing review" from the former.

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Re: Letter of Rec. Question

Postby patrickd139 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:36 am

Whichever one will write you the better letter.

Sure, it's nice to get an LOR from the professor whose class you booked, but definitely not necessary. All things equal, I'd go with the professor who knows you better, unless a different professor has ties with the schools to which you're applying (i.e. alumni).

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Re: Letter of Rec. Question

Postby jessuf » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:27 pm

I ended up receiving an A+ in a class that I was convinced I wouldn't do as well in, and the professor and I have interacted a lot inside and outside the class. Soooo this question is now moot. Thanks for the tips, though!




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