Letters of Recommendation:
I write dozens of letters of recommendation every year. This literally takes days of my time in december. Please make my job easier, and help me to write you a better letter, by following the guidelines below.
If you would like me to write you a letter of recommendation, please give me a packet with as much of the following information as possible:
In addition, please be sure to:
Once you have given me the information packet, please do not hound me to see if I have written the letter. One email around the time that the letters are "due" is appropriate, to make sure that I haven't lost the packet or forgotten about you.
If I tell you that I don't know you well enough to write you a letter, believe me! If you insist, then I will write a letter that states "I do not know this person well enough to write him a letter of recommendation." Your application is much stronger with two good letters than it would be with two good letters and a very weak letter.