How do I get teacher recommendations?

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The answer is quite simple: Ask them for it! But ask a teacher early on, even Junior year so you are ahead of the rush. If you feel a teacher will write you a good recommendation, there is a good chance many other kids feel the same about that teacher. You want to give the teachers ample to time to write you a nice one, so don't wait until the last minute to ask the teacher to help you. Furthermore, if you want a teacher to write positive things about you, you want to show maturity and responsibility by getting the recommendation forms to them on time. The Common Application has teacher recommendation forms, as do many college applications. If they don't have specific forms, a document on letterhead is just fine.