Referring to a student recommendation letter sample can help you understand how to draft such a letter and what is the language that needs to be used in it.
In the simplest of terms, a recommendation letter is written to recommend someone for further studies or for a job. Generally, a prospective employer or the admissions department may ask an applicant to provide them with a reference letter from someone who has known them and is in a position to provide an impartial and insightful assessment of the applicant’s qualification and abilities. Any sample will tell you that more often than not, such a letter is written by a professor who has known the student for a couple of years. Writing it is not as difficult as it is made out to be, but you need to ensure that you do not go overboard praising the person you are recommending, but provide a good character evaluation. All the writer needs to remember is that he needs to follow the proper format. A student recommendation letter sample is given in the paragraphs below.
If you want to learn how to write this kind of letter, then you need to understand the proper format. It is important to follow a proper template, as this is a formal one that is going to decide the impression the addressee has of you and of the person you are recommending. While a sample can always help you understand the format, it is advisable to refer to a template.
|Address of Sender
Dear Ms./Mr. (addressee), or To whom it may concern
In the first paragraph, which is the introductory paragraph, you will be expected to explain your relation with the person you are recommending. You will also need to explain why you have the prerequisites to recommend the person you are writing it for. You can also explain why you are writing the letter.
In the second paragraph, you will be expected to write a testimonial for the person you are recommending. Explain why you think this person is suitable for the college he is applying to. Give a frank and honest assessment of the capabilities of the person. Include an account of all their qualifications and achievements. The assessment that you include needs to be a result of your observation of the person.
If you do want to, then you could include a third paragraph which could begin with a praise like, I highly recommend. This paragraph could be a summary that you have written. You could also match the qualifications and capabilities of the person with the demands of the degree that they are applying to.
The final paragraph would serve as the conclusion and should have your contact details so that the addressee can contact you in case needed.
Now that you have understood the template, take a look at an example to understand better how the content should be phrased.
JFK High School
Hebudah, New Jersey
New York – 534664
Date: 12th Feb 2011
To Whom It may Concern,
I, the undersigned, am the Principal at JFK High School. The letter is being written on behalf of Jeremy Brown, a student of JFK High School. Jeremy has been a honors student at my school for the past four years, and is diligent and outstanding.
An exemplary student who has always received brilliant grades since the start of his academic pursuit, it has been a pleasure teaching Jeremy. Not only has he been diligent at his work, but he has a keen interest in co-curricular activities as well. For the past three years, Jeremy has been an active member of our dramatics club, and also has been a contributor to the school newspaper. In his last year at JFK, he played the lead in our annual play, and was also the chief photographer for the newspaper. A team player who has always been of assistance to fellow students, Jeremy has everything that it takes to be an asset to your Dramatics program.
Jeremy has also been an active member of the debate team and the Environmental Club. He is academically inclined, outgoing, helpful, and cheerful. He has the kind of dedication to his work that would surely take him places.
I would like to thank you for considering Jeremy Brown amongst your candidates for the Dramatics program scholarship. If you need to contact me for any details or clarification, please do so at the address given below or the phone number given.
Phone number – 459-459-5455
If you refer to resources online or even books on letter writing you may get many such examples of recommendation letters for students. This letter sample is just one such example. Hopefully, this has helped you understand how to draft a reference letter for a student.