Part of course:
Letters of Recommendation for College
- Tips and Tactical Advice
Letters of recommendation (LORs) are incredibly important for colleges to get a good sense of who you are from the perspective of someone who has worked with you for a long period of time.
Hope this email finds you well. I've begun applying to colleges, and was wondering if you could write me a letter of recommendation for <<College Name>>. They recommend on their website:
"If you feel an extra recommendation would show an important additional side of you not already covered, you may send in an additional letter of recommendation...Some helpful extra recommendations we've seen have come from research mentors."
I would be very grateful if you could talk about the research (& programming) skillsets I gained while working on X project. You could also touch upon the specifics of my work such as (X, Y, and Z).
Your recommendation would be held in high esteem for my college application, though I totally understand that you're super busy and may not be able to write the letter. Thank you so much in advance. I'll see you on Friday!
Note: The email mentions why the extra recommendation is necessary, and some talking points. It gives the person a way out without making it too awkward. For me, my internship/research advisor wrote about how I was able to apply my programming skills to neuroscience research, and since I'd worked with him for a year, he could talk about other parts of my personality and professional work that might not necessarily show up in other parts of the application.