What to give your professor who has agreed to write you Letter of Reccomendation

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I was wondering if you guys could help me out and tell me what type of information exactly should one give a professor who does not really know you but has agreed to write you a Letter of Recommendation. Thanks in advance! :cool:

Oh and one more thing, is a LOR from a Math professor considered science or non-science? I was getting confused about this because math is added to your science gpa but...yeah I'm not sure.
 
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redchesus

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Whatever they ask for... usually a resume/CV and/or transcript. Sometimes they might ask for a personal statement, sometimes they want an interview.

Most (better) professors know what to say basically since they've written so many, they probably don't need that much from you, just tidbits to personalize it for you.
 

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The more you give the better, depending on the professor. It's better they have too much information than not enough.

Standard is usually resume, transcript, personal statement.

I'm not sure what your situation is, but try to get at least one letter from someone who does know you well.

Since you said they don't know you well, I'd ask if they want to interview you, or I'd add a note as to why you choose them to write the letter, what you want highlighted, and most important a due date.
 

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not kidding either...most never get any sort of thanks for all the time they put into recommendations
 

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not sure about the math thingy, but a science letter would go further IMO. A letter in a bio class can talk about your potential to succeed in a career based on human biology etc as opposed to simply 'doing well in a class.'

at the very least a thank you card, and when you get accepted a short card or email.
 

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I gave my professors and dentist a presentation folder with the following items:
CV/Resume
Personal Statement
Questionnaire/Quick bio
Thank you letter with picture attached
Any additional amterials that they personally requested.
 

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Would it be better to wait until I have finished writing my personal statement before beginning to ask my professors for LORs? Or should I approach them now and just provide them with some of the other documents listed above? Thanks!
If you write a good letter asking them for recommendation, you dont need a personal statement. Usually when professors want to see your personal statement is when they want more info.

I think other people are using their personal statement to provide info, which is totally fine but you don't NEED to write one if you don't have one, if you are able to provide same condensed info in person or in a letter.
 
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at my school, our pre-health advisor told us to make it extremely formal. which is something i agree with as well. in mine i had a short cover letter talking about why i want to be a dentist, resume, unofficial transcript, and a couple forms that needed to be signed and read in order for the professor to write the recommendation
 

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if it's a man, maybe a six pack. if it's a woman...my six pack =)