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Are students allowed to read recommendation letters written for them?

As a relatively new assistant professor, I'm beginning to write recommendation letters for a few students. Recently, a student asked me to write a recommendation letter for him. The web link which was ...
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Should I send a letter of recommendation directly to a student?

I teach at a U.S. community college, and commonly write letters of recommendation for students applying subsequently to either bachelor's programs or graduate school. I am accustomed to sending such ...
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Letter of recommendation from non-native speaker

I am currently a PhD student in theoretical computer science applying for postdoc positions in Europe and the US that will start next year. Apart from my advisor's, I will also include a letter of ...
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What is the point of a non-confidential reference letter?

In this question, it seems that most people think it is acceptable for candidates to see their references. I find this very strange, as in the vast majority of case I have come across it is expected ...
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1answer
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Recommendation letter process

I'm going to apply for a PhD position and as you know, I need my current supervisor recommendation letter. So, I asked my supervisor to give me a recommendation letter regarding all the researches I ...
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3answers
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Is it reasonable to ask a professor about the strength of a recommendation letter (after they have submitted)?

I have asked a professor that I took a year long project with to write a recommendation to support my application to a well-known, selective masters programme in the UK (my university is based in ...
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How do I get to know/work with academics during my master's degree?

I am in my first year of my master's degree in Europe, and within a year or so I'll have to be sending out applications for a PhD (always in Europe), for which I need 2 to 3 recommendation letters. ...
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How to draft a recommendation letter for myself after professor asked me to do so [duplicate]

I asked a professor I have been working for about a year to write a recommendation letter for graduate school. She agreed but says she usually ask students to write for themselves and she will do some ...
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Is there a service that can store and mail recommendation letters to schools? [closed]

I am currently applying to graduate schools, all of which request 3 letters of recommendation. Schools currently accept letters submitted by a recommender on an online service, or sent through postal ...
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What is the use and importance of recommendation letters?

In my country recommendation letters to enter the equivalent to an MBA or PHD are just a suggestion, not necessarily, and/or irrelevant. In some cases they are shunned because they are considered ...
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Reference letter in a .txt file

My supervisor wrote me a reference letter in .txt file with the following format: Reference for My Name -------------------------------- Bla bla bla Also no "Yours sincerely" with his ...