Choose someone who has a detailed understanding of your accomplishments, like a coach, teacher, or mentor
Make sure to ask at least three weeks before you need the letter
Ask nicely, and provide your recommender with information (see the guide below for help)
Follow up if the deadline is approaching and you haven't heard back from your recommender
Say ‘Thank you’ – It is classy and professional to say thanks to whoever writes letters of recommendation for you! Your recommender probably spent 30 minutes to an hour on your recommendation, so the least you can do is send a thank you note.