I'm running into a problem of reminding my professors of LORs. The letters are due on Dec. 1st and besides sending them reminders thru application systems, I've also sent them emails 4 weeks ago to remind them that the letters are due on the 1st of December. But my professors didn't respond to my emails at all, and as the deadline approaching, I'm really worried about how to write the reminder emails. I wanna make sure they understand it's urgent, and I wish they could have it written ASAP. But i also don't want to be rude.

How should I phrase this email?

  • Could you give an overview of when you send your previous mails? – dimpol Nov 28 '16 at 8:02
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    @LeonMeier It's either Lord Of the Rings or Letters Of Recommendation, depending on the context. – Dmitry Savostyanov Nov 28 '16 at 12:11
  • @dimpol Hi Dimpol, I first asked them two months ago and they all agreed to do it. Then I sent the first reminder email two weeks ago and wanted to let them know that the deadline is the 1st. But none of my professors responded. Now the deadline is so soon, I want to let them know that I have everything ready and all I need to submit the applictaion is their recommendation letter. Also the actual deadline for the application is the 15th, but I didn't want to risk anything so I moved the deadline to the 1st. Should I tell my profs the actual deadline? – Lavender. S Nov 28 '16 at 13:38
  • Telling them the deadline is always recommended. Just consider: if your professor asked you to write a report, but didn't give a deadline, would you give it top priority? For future case: the first reminder might have been a bit late. Waiting 1 month have been better probably in hind-sight. But another reminder is definitely in order. – dimpol Nov 28 '16 at 23:47