大學申請的流程中,推薦信不只是形式,對於錄取與否有一定的影響。

一般來說,學校會要求三封推薦信:

  • 一封來自 counselor 升學顧問
  • 一封來自 math / science teacher 數理科老師
    • Math
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Earth Science
    • Environmental Science
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Technology
    • Science Research
  • 一封來自 humanities / social studies teacher 文理科老師
    • English
    • History
    • Foreign Language
    • Classics
    • Economics
    • Government
    • Psychology
    • Social Studies
    • Geography
  • 有的可以再增加補充的推薦信,可有可無

在台灣的高中,並沒有升學顧問(counselor)這類的老師,比較接近的可能會是輔導室老師,但通常他們對於留學的資訊也不太清楚。必較折衷的辦法是選擇"校長"或是"導師"當作counselor,英文老師當成 humanity teacher,再找一個英文比較好的自然或數學老師。再不行的話,就是自己寫好後請老師簽名,再利用老師的帳號或名義寄出推薦信。

推薦信的格式

基本上推薦信的格式就是一般英文正式信件的寫法。

1. 開頭

  • To whom it may concern,
  • Dear Admissions Officer,
  • Dear Sir/Madam,

2. 自我介紹:介紹和推薦人的關係和熟識程度

  • I am delighted to be called upon as a reference for John Smart. I first became acquainted with Mr. Smart in 1992, when he joined the…
  • I have known Ms. Smart since 1993, when she enrolled in my accounting class.
  • I was Mr. Smart’s teacher in two advanced quantum mechanics classes during winter semester, 1995.
  • I first became acquainted with Tom when he was still a freshman in senior high school.

3. 主文:介紹被推薦人的人格特質,盡量舉實際故事,少空泛的描述

  • Since the beginning of our collaboration I know him as an energetic and goal-oriented person.
  • Some of the main Irina’s attributes are her persistence and diligence sometimes even ranging with obsession with work.
  • While she was with us she supervised the maintenance of all computer networks. This responsibility involved working with 42 separate offices.

4. 結尾:再次強調非常樂意推薦、是個人才,務必要錄取……

  • As a whole, I think he is truly a student worth consideration.
  • He is gentle, enthusiastic, talented, knowledgeable, and at the same time, polite and modest. He has great performances in academics as well as extracurricular activities.
  • I can see there is a bright future awaiting him.
  • As a whole, I would give him my highest recommendation. I am sure that he will be extremely successful in all his future endeavors.

5. 署名:全名 + 職稱 + 日期

 

常用的句子和形容:

1. Collection of Useful Phrases – Caltech

2. 150 Great Words and Phrases to Use During the College Admissions …

 

參考範例:

1. Complete Guide to Harvard Recommendation Letters

2.MIT Admission –Letters Of Recommendation

3. How to Get a Great Letter of Recommendation

4.Sample Recommendation Letter – Harvard Recommendation

5. Guide for teaching fellows on writing letters of recommendation – iSites

 

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