How applicable is the following (source)
a recommendation from someone who only taught a course can mean "this person is a slacker who never bothered to do real work, so they can't find any supervisors to recommend them".
If out of school, delay your application by 1-3 years, and look for work as a lab tech at a university, institute or private company. Make sure not to displease your boss.
if I have a master's?
How might self-study affect applicability? (source)
they can check out your blog, notes etc but probably will not unless they are interested anyway, or it gets hyped up by your letter writers
- I'm allowed only 2 or 3 recommendation letters for some local applications, here in Country A.
- Besides research ability/potential, some Country A local applications are looking for soft skills such as leadership, communication, interpersonal, etc
- Bad grades in bachelor's
- Bad grades in master's for non-pure maths
- Good grades in master's for pure maths
- Research: Had a lot of group research projects including a semester-long main research project with 3 supervisors. None of them can give me very strong letters of recommendations
Ask 1 or 2 profs in pure maths classes for the research ability/potential. Despite little to no research opportunity apart from problem sets, I have done some of my own self-study and researched/asked about some skipped/not elaborated/unclear/wrong parts in classes (not on this stackexchange account).
Ask boss for the soft skills parts