I can only write about how you actually were/are in my class, not about what I think your potential will be. I reserve the right to NOT write a reference if I think it’ll be vague (which will be unhelpful to your goal).
To Get the Best References Possible:
- Ask as far in advance as you can – one month at least. Some years, I write a lot of reference letters, usually with the same deadlines.
- You must have an established history of regular attendance for my class.
- Marks are important but a strong work ethic, determination to succeed & repeated initiative can add up to a strong reference as well.
For Job Hunting:
- Ask me BEFORE you list me as a reference. If your prospective employer phones me and I can’t remember details right away, my hesitation will be misinterpreted as “this student is not a strong candidate for the job.”
For Reference Letters
(Awards, Scholarships & Post-Secondary Applications):
- Let me know at least a month in advance.
- You must give me a completed reference form that summarizes all your senior marks & work/volunteer experience. Check with Student Services for the form.
- At the top of the form, write the date you need the reference by, your first & last name AND a way to contact you (email, advisory teacher).
- As extra insurance, you can email me a reminder the week before (my work email).
- You can even let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see in your letter. I may or may not use it, but it doesn’t hurt to offer your ideas.