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How to get a good recommendation letter from your professors


Good recommendation letters are earned, and the technicalities of it may be complicated. But it paves the way for your future career.

To improve your chance of getting your dream job after you graduate, it is crucial to get as many recommendation letters as possible from professors who know you well, and from people whom you got to know from various college organizations and activities that you have actively participated in. 

Professor Lalaine F. Yanilla Aquino, an English professor from the University of the Philippines-Diliman speaks of her requirements for a student who deserves a recommendation letter from her: “The student should have performed well in my classes. He or she should be diligent, intelligent, focused, consistently excellent in submitting written assignments.”

Furthermore, she gives us three tips on how to get a good recommendation letter.

1. Be consistently good in performing your tasks.

As a college student, we have to prove ourselves worthy of getting recommendations from our professors. You could achieve that by submitting assignments on time, speaking smartly in class to show participation and studying hard for exams and quizzes to get your As. After all, professors love students who do well in their classes.

2. Have a good working relationship with others.

There will be times when we are asked to work in groups inside a class, be it reporting, presentations or other projects. A good leader is not only good at leading, but also coordinating with the group or team that he/she is in.

3. Have good work ethics and have integrity at all times.

  • Practice punctuality.

Develop the habit of being on time or early for all appointments. Getting to class ahead of schedule gives you the opportunity to talk with your professor or get mentally prepared by reviewing notes. If you’re taking classes online, stick with your study schedule, hitting the books at the time you planned. 

  • Develop professionalism.

Professionalism goes beyond a crisp white shirt and tie. It includes your attitude, values, and demeanor. Practice being positive and cordial. Refrain from gossip. Be respectful of others. Develop a reputation of integrity, which means being honest, just, and consistent in what you say and do. 

  • Cultivate self-discipline.

Anything worthwhile achieving takes discipline – staying focused on the long-term goal and not being side-tracked by short-term gratification. Train yourself to be persistent and to follow through on projects. Go for excellence in your assignments. 

  • Use time wisely.

Complete assignments on time. Ban procrastination from your life, keeping in mind something else Franklin, said: “Time is money.”

  • Stay balanced.

Having a strong work ethic does not mean keeping your eyes glued to your computer monitor. It includes knowing how to take care of yourself. Getting proper sleep. Eating right. Taking time to relax and recharge. Keeping your priorities in life clear helps you maintain the proper perspective at work. 

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