I taught a large introductory undergraduate course in the most recent Fall semester (Sept to Dec 2017). An exchange student who took the course asked me to write a reference letter for her application to a Master's program.
I spent a bit of time looking through the webpage of the Master's program, and I found the following information:
Step 1 - Online Application
The admissions process starts upon submission of the online application along with the relevant documents.
At this stage, the following documents will be requested:
- (other documents not relevant to me as a reference letter writer)
- Any other documents in English that you think may enrich your application, such as a motivation letter or reference letter
Based on the information that I found, it appears that a reference letter is not required, and is only marginally helpful. Because I am busy, I don't want to put any more time into writing the letter than needed.
- How much time/effort should I put into writing a reference letter for this former student's application for a Master's program?
- Should I feel bad if I send her a quick and simple letter?