If two of the professors I'm planning on asking for LOR's aren't teaching this semester, and thus have no scheduled office hours I can drop by in, what's the proper etiquette for asking them about the letters? I've heard about asking in person as the way to go, but I don't know how to go about doing that given the circumstances. The way I see it I could: a) send each an e-mail asking to meet with them, without really specifying why (which would seem to me the more proper etiquette, but might be a bit weird if I don't really tell them why I want to meet). b) send each an e-mail asking about the LOR directly, and asking to meet with them in person about it note: I go to a big public university, so I don't have the type of super personal relationships that might be the norm at a private university, so this might be a factor in the way I approach the situation. Anyone with more experience here have any idea which option is more appropriate here? If you have any completely different strategies I'd also appreciate your input there. Anyways, thanks a bunch for the help in advance!