Free 2018 International Student Handbook
Reference Letter Sample
Application for graduate progrms,letters of recommendation from the original school professors is essential. Every quarter to apply to the school, the schools have to look at a large number of letters of recommendation, so let the mentor to write you an impressive letter to the Officer's recommendation letter is very important.
Excellent recommendation letter of several points:
- To identify the uniqueness and special features of the student: The tutor's recommendation letter can write about the student's special features, such as special exploration spirit, can make unique perspectives, diligent thinking, etc.
- Have facts and details: There should be student-specific examples and details in the letter of recommendation, rather than a simple "ability" to pass through.
- To be Objective and Neutral: Do not over-boast and exaggerate the facts in your recommendation letter. Prominent advantages, shortcomings can be brought over.
- Must have "real emontion": The tutor expresses his preference and appreciation of students in his letter of recommendation and his support and encouragement for his higher academic pursuit.
Let's take a look at a template letter of recommendation given by the University of California, Berkeley School website.http://gsi.berkeley.edu/media/sample-recommendation-letter.pdf
Dear [recipient’s name]: or To Whom It May Concern:
It is my pleasure to recommend Jane Doe for admission to [name of program] at [name of university]. I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley. I came to know Jane when I was her Graduate Student Instructor for Philosophy 111: Ethical Relativism, taught by Professor John Smith. The course comprised [short description of course]. Jane distinguished herself by submitting an exceptionally well researched and interesting project on ethical practices in ancient Greece. I would rank her in the top 2% of students that I have taught in the past five years in respect of her writing ability and research skills.
Overall, Jane is highly intelligent and has good analytical skills. Her project on ethical practices in ancient Greece demonstrated her ability to come a detailed understanding of the ethical practices of another, very different, culture, and to analyze the consequences of those practices for contemporary ethical theories. She gave a particularly interesting discussion of the difficult practice of infanticide, and showed both sensitivity and detachment when discussing its ethical consequences. Her overall intelligence is also reflected in her grades for the course, which were by far the best in the class.
Jane has excellent communication skills. Her written work is both clear and concise, as well as interesting to read. She demonstrated her oral articulateness in the discussion sections that were an integral part of the course. Each discussion section focused on a particular ethical dilemma. Students were required analyze morally problematic situations, and to develop and argue for their own ethical views with regard to the issue in question. Jane was highly proficient in applying the course material in analyzing the problem situations. She always explained her views very concisely and gave supporting arguments that were both clear and persuasive. Jane also demonstrated good teamwork skills in group assignments.
At a personal level, Jane is a well disciplined, industrious student with a pleasant personality. She went well beyond the course requirements in the quantity and quality of her project, putting in a lot of extra research and attending office hours every week. Throughout the course, Jane demonstrated great perseverance and initiative. Not only was she interested in and motivated to learn the material, but she also put great work into assimilating it to her own experience and developing her own ideas about each ethical topic that we discussed.
Jane is unquestionably an exceptional candidate for graduate study in Ethics. Jane’s work in Philosophy 111 suggests that she would greatly benefit from the opportunities for intellectual development provided by a sustained period of graduate study. She has proven herself to have the perseverance, initiative, and Sample letter of recommendation intellectual creativity necessary to complete an advanced graduate degree. I would therefore highly recommend Jane Doe. If her performance in my class is a good indication of how she would perform as a graduate student, she would be an extremely positive asset to your program.
If I can be of any further assistance, or provide you with any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
[Sender’s name and title]
Different disciplines referral letters have different emphasis, the students should contact their reference in advanced, and communicate with the references clearly.