So much more goes into the college application than simply grades and test scores; recommendation letters from teachers can go a long way towards putting your best foot forward. But getting a great recommendation requires more than simply asking your favorite teacher for a favor; it requires thoughtful preparation and good follow-up. (College Coach shares why teacher recs are important and whom to ask in previous blogs).
When to ask
At a minimum, you should ask for a recommendation letter six weeks in advance of deadlines. Ideally, this request can be made at the end of junior year—many of my teacher friends like to write some of these letters over the summer, to ease their fall workload.