Recommendation letter help
October 14, 2012 6:08 AM Subscribe
Recommendation letter wording help: how to tactfully ask a professor to decline my request for recommendation if they cannot provide a "strong" recommendation.
posted by anonymous to Education (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm just starting on the application process for grad school.
I've searched AskMefi questions about recommendation letters, and most say that you should only ask the professor to write letters if they can write "strong" letters.
I'm having trouble finding the right words to make this request. On the one hand, I only have two professors that I can ask recommendations from, and I don't want to scare them out of wanting to write a recommendation letter for me with this "strong recommendation" thing. On the other hand a lukewarm recommendation is really something I don't want.
So I've come to AskMefi to get some help with the wording. I'm be doing this over email (already graduated and moved out of the area), so I definitely want to mull this over and make this request tactfully. I already spoke with them and they have both agreed to write recommendation letters, but last time when I made the request, I didn't specifically mention "strong recommendations". I'm about to email them to confirm that they are still willing to write my recommendation letters, but am having trouble with a good way to bringing up the above question.