What exactly makes a reference good in the eyes of admissions? Are they looking for anything in particular or do they just want to read something positive about you from someone who knows you?
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- 13-01-2016 22:31
- 14-01-2016 02:50
What are you applying for? They want to hear you have all the qualities that are necessary for successful completion of your course - intelligence, commitment, intellectual curiosity, organisational skills, etc. It is also an opportunity to mention anything you didn't have space to include on the application form - special personal circumstances, specific grade highlights, etc.
Most of the time they just want to see a positive reference. The best references will quantify you somehow "XXX is the best student I have ever taught in 10 years at XXX" or "this student is easily in the top 5 I have ever tutored", etc.
I'd recommend selecting someone with an enthusiastic personality who has a positive impression of you as they're more likely to write an exuberant reference. I would also provide them with highlights of your undergraduate career (high scoring modules, prizes, extracurricular achievements, etc) to make their task easier but also to help guide a positive reference.Last edited by MonteCristo; 14-01-2016 at 03:09.
- 15-01-2016 11:16
Any academic you ask to write a reference will know very well what is required. That's the point.
- 15-01-2016 11:29