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Some points to keep in mind when you request a recommendation letter from me:

1) if you took one class from me and got a B, the letter is unlikely to be helpful to you (unless it is a B in a graduate class).

2) if you got an A or A-, you should still keep in mind that the essence of a good recommendation letter is a concrete comparison with other students. So I must disclose to the graduate programs the detailed information about the meaning of the grade.

In particular, I am expected to disclose your percentile ranking in the class and describe the level of hardness of the class. So, being in the upper 25% in Calc 3 certainly won't hurt but all alone I don't think it is going to get you into an Ivy League school.

If you are unsure about your standing in a specific class, you can always ask me for this information. This is a hard fact, not an opinion.

3) Unless somehow I got to know you personally, I will not be able to write anything else besides this ranking information. This is OK, just a statement of fact.

4) Remind me about deadlines.

people/kargin/letterinfo.txt · Last modified: 2018/01/14 17:39 by kargin