What Constitutes A Good Letter Of Recommendation?

    Updated on: 11 Sep 2023 4 min read

    They say that words are man’s strongest weapon. Of course, you can’t chant to hunt, but a few kind words can inspire the hunter in you. 

    Why the sudden emphasis on words, you ask? Well, college authorities are attentive to many details, and one of them is others’ opinion about you.

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    Other than your academic qualifications, there are many secondary factors that affect your admission. The following points will explain what we’re talking about:

    1. Declaring a purpose, that is, an official way of bragging, formally.
    2. Proof that the most recent level of education that you’ve completed isn’t a hoax.
    3. Admission test results – how competitive are you?
    4. And finally, a letter of recommendation that praises everything about you.

    So, before you start looking for a list of universities in USA for MS in computer science, find your favorite teacher, and ask him/her to bring out the best of you – in writing!

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    If you’re applying for MS directly after your undergrad, then they want to hear from your professors. If you’re applying with some work experience under your belt, then your recommenders should be a mix of professors and bosses. Note that admission officers want to hear from a person who has had sufficient opportunity to work with you. Resist the temptation of going for the “highest ranked” person you know, and go for professors/bosses who know you the best. For instance – if you’ve not worked with your HOD directly, and are tempted to approach him/her for a recommendation, realize that a generic letter from this HOD will hurt, rather than help, your chances.

    If you haven’t already, approach your possible recommenders today. Tell them about your goals, and request them to bring the best out of you.

    Along with a letter of recommendation, an SOP is a mandatory document that needs to be submitted as a part of the application to foreign universities. SOP writing is not a cakewalk but GyanDhan can make it a tad bit easier for you with our SOP editing services. Once you submit your SOP to us, we get it reviewed by our best SOP editors who send the SOP back to you with the necessary suggestions for improvement. You are free to include these suggestions in your  SOP as well as make further comments and edits and send it back to our reviewers.

    Read more about: How to Write a Killer Statement of Purpose ?

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Written by Ankit Mehra

Ankit is the co-founder and CEO of GyanDhan. An IITK / IESE alum who previously worked at Capital One / Credit Suisse, his aim is to equalize and expand access to higher education. His interests include playing football (soccer), and basketball, trading/investing the limited money that he still has, and discussions on economics / politics.

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Aman Jain graduated from IIT Kanpur, and currently functions as the CMO at GyanDhan. He is deeply passionate about creating equality in higher education and has directly interacted with 2 Lakh students in his 8-year-long journey.

Specializes in:
Education loan , Study Abroad Admissions

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