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Postby perfunctory » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:23 pm

Got an A- in a class I didn't participate in. Would it be okay to go to this professor and ask him/her for a LOR? I would bring my resume, a document with the reasons I have for transferring, and talk to him/her about all the things/ways of thinking I learned from the class. I'm afraid the prof will be like "you didn't speak up once and now you want a LOR? pft" and "you want to transfer out after one semester at the school? why?" Will this result in a mediocre LOR at best or do profs give decent LORs based on A-s?

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Postby Joscellin » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:41 am

If the prof doesn't know you from Adam other than your grade, then I can't imagine that the LoR will be an impressive one. A good LoR requires insight into the person it's being written about.

If you're just trying to fill space on the application though, go for it.

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Postby mjb447 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:08 am

Would it be okay to ask and will your prof probably do it? Sure. Will the LOR be any good? Almost certainly not. It's not a matter of the prof being frustrated with you for your class participation, grade, or leaving - he just doesn't really have anything personal to say about you that your grade doesn't already say (even if you give him a doc to guide his LOR and meet with him briefly).

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