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有需要的童鞋可以去看看

希望能帮助到更多的人





推荐信要点:

原文网址:alumnus.caltech.edu

里面除了推荐信,还有ps等内容

详细内容大家可以到这个网站看,下面我仅对推荐信里面内容我认为的重点部分表达一下自己的看法

另外里面还有些sample,大家自行上去查阅

introduction



Remember, what makes a student's application packet stand out from the others is not only grades and accomplishments, but the specifics of what the student did and how he or she went about it.

Remember在TOEFL听力中是重点,在这里也是重点

Tips:推荐信不是写成就,更要注重细节细节和细节。就是这个成就的过程,这样写就更充实。但是注意,写过程的时候不要啰嗦,要浓缩语言

Dos and Don’ts

这里我把关键点进行了组合

Dos

Describe your qualifications for comparing the applicant to other applicants.

Try to quantify the student's strengths or rank him or her vis a vis other applicants that you have observed.

要突出自己牛X,可以通过对比,这个在写作中也是很重要的。说排名其实也是对比的一种

Support your statements with specific examples in which the applicant has demonstrated those attributes. Be as concrete and detailed as possible

Try to describe the student in terms that reflect that student's distinctive or individual strengths. Whatever strengths strike you as particularly salient, be prepared to back up your judgment with concrete examples - papers, exams, class presentations, or performance in a laboratory.

啰嗦了一下,这个和introduction那个点是一样的,网站中多次强调,可见其重要点

Discuss the applicant's potential in his or her chosen field it may give the student the edge over other applicants, since most committees look not only for what the student has already done but what he or she has the potential to accomplish..

这个要写潜力,真是不好写;写起来也挺空的;

Include some mild criticism, typically the flip-side of a strength

这个我持保留意见,我认为rl中字字都是精华,本来字数都不要太多,加上一些mild criticism,要求就更高了。个人看法,仅供参考。如有其它看法,请回帖交流

Don’ts



Don't Use generalities and platitudes.

避免这个方法是 specific!!!,但是你的specific事例不要general,什么意思呢?看看下面的例子会不会觉得很烂

这个同学很认真,很刻苦。上课坐第一排,可见不休息都在认真看书。

每天去图书馆,不到深夜不回寝室。

每天晚上看书看到凌晨,早上还忒早起来。

….

我认为上面那些语言真的是没有说到什么,想说勤奋吗?至于你看不看得出,反正我是看不出这是勤奋,因为太general了

Say "I hope", instead say "I am confident..." or "I am sure..."

这个貌似之前没有注意到,自习想想是有道理的

Don't Use empty, vague, overly-used words like meaningful, beautiful, challenging, rewarding, etc

印证了don’t tell,show it的观点。有时你不需要把自己的特点显示出来,只要在文字中突出,怎么做到呢?

specific!!!

Q&A

A well written letter of recommendation provides admissions committees with information that isn't found elsewhere in the application

不要把rl当做ps中某个特点的展开,这只会让人觉得重复和啰嗦;如果真要这样,可以换另外一个角度来说明这个同学的特点

Is it important for my recommender to be well-known person?

It is much to your advantage if your recommender is a well-known person in his field, especially if members of the admission committee know his name. Just remember the general letter from the famous person who had little interaction with you and can just say that you are a good student but give no specifics of your joint research or other activities is no good. In this case you'd better off with the recommendation from somebody less famous but well acquainted with your research and personality and ready to write absolutely positively about you.

这个问题也是很多人关心的。

首先你要确定这个老师,是不是只是在中国有名呢?还是在国外也是鼎鼎大名的。

另外你还要确定这个老师跟你还算熟,免得当你完成了rl,他觉得和你本人相差太大,让你进行修改,那么你就欲哭无泪了,还不如找个熟点的来捧自己呢

How long should the Letter of Recommendation be?

The optimum length is between 2/3 of a page and one page. If the Recommendation Letter is shorter the admission committee might assume that recommender lacks enthusiasm

长度也是大家关心的,一页左右吧。那就是300-450字左右

如果大家还想多了解,就到上面说的网站中了解吧

我个人认为说的挺好的

另外如果有时间,我也把statement of purpose的部分看一看的

下面的附件是和上文是一样的,只是为了方便不能经常上网的童鞋

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