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Letters of Recom for Multiple Schools [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2006, 15:31
I plan to apply to about 7 schools.

I do not want to drive my recommendor crazy by asking him to answer 7 different sets of essays.
Though some questions do coincide, others do not.

My intention is to make the process as smooth and easy for him as possible (he is one of my clients and not a supervisor)

So my plan was to assemble every single question on each form and group them by category. Then reqrite every quesiton in the category to accomodate for all.
However, after having done so, it still seems like a lot of questions for a person to answer.

Does anyone here have any clever solutions to this?
What is everyone doing with their LORs?
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2006, 16:28
I'm only applying to H/W/Col so it's different for only 3 schools.... but I put all questions together (24 in total!), then grouped them accordingly. It comes out to about 8 topic groups. I'm going to suggest to my recommenders that they do 1 paragraph per topic, and can then use that as the basis to fill the stuff in online (it's all online for these schools).

Another thing you might want to try: group the schools into two groups, based on similarity of questions. Then do a breakout of the groups, and get the recommender to write 1 paragraph per group.

Another thought: cut down your list. Seriously. I'd say apply to no more than 5 schools. In my case, if I get rejected by all 3 (possible), then I'm going to shoot for a Masters in Real Estate program (MIT/Col) which is a bit easier to get into. But in your case, I'd go no more than 5 schools. It takes forever to learn all the stuff about the schools and really make a solid run at them.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2006, 18:33
I'm taking the simple approach.

Recommender provides a standard 2-3 page recommendation, fills out the core portion of hte survey - the radio button stuff, but thats it. It's apparently quite common to - recommenders dont have hours and hours to dedicate to this stuff.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2006, 12:33
My approach is to buy them dinner
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