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Requesting Letters of Recommendation
We are blessed with having a successful major that keeps growing. However, the blessing can be challenging for the few faculty we have in the department. To cope with the demand for recommendations, the department is now asking that you follow these instructions when requesting a letter of recommendation. By following these instructions we feel that in the end you will end up with a better letter from us.
This is a recommended process for students to follow. Individual faculty members are free to do things differently if they so choose. At this point in time, the majority of the faculty members in Human Development have chosen to follow these guidelines. Talk to individual faculty members to get any further guidelines.
Because time is often in short supply, we are asking that you provide your recommender with a draft letter of recommendation, which we can use to form our letter and to inform us on what you expect us to say. While we are not bound to use the letter, it will help to bring forth your expectations regarding your accomplishments and sense of fit with the program or job you are applying to. Send it to us in electronic form.
Here are some web-links that can help you write a good draft of your letter of recommendation:
Other helpful resources
Writing a good statement of purpose is key to entering competitive graduate programs. For help in knowing how to write effective statements of purpose, visit the following web link: https://career.berkeley.edu/Grad/GradStatement.stm