THIS IS FOR GKS SCHOLARHIP, PLEASE HELP ME REVIEW
letter of recommendation
I am X. I have been a Computer Science teacher at Y School for Gifted Students for over 10 years. I have been the Computer Science teacher for Z since 11 grade. Through my teaching lessons, I found that Z is a remarkable young man with real ability and potential. I am pleased to write in support of his application to continue his studies in the field of Computer Science.
I first met Z in his 11 grade. I was honestly impressed by his eagerness for studying. During my lesson, he actively contributed to the lesson by raising his hand whenever he encountered difficulties, asking questions with the attitude of a child who is eager to find out more about the world around him, and stating his opinions or knowledge about the lesson for the whole class. At first, his classmates would not pay much attention during my class as this subject would not appear on college entrance exams; However, by Z's constant contribution to my lesson, his zealous energy affected the whole class to seriously study hard for my subject, thus creating a very energetic learning environment. His learning did not just stop at class, he went to a much further extent to learn Computer Science. Few times a week, he would send me some extra exercises from the lesson I taught that he found on the Internet and his answers for each of them in order to get my feedback for improvement. Furthermore, he always came up with creative ways to apply what I taught into his daily life. After learning Excel, he created a budgeting plan to control his monthly spending and told me about how much he saved in order to have money for other purposes in his life. When I taught him Scratch, a beginner programming language, he created a new-word revision app with it and shared it during my lesson for his whole class to study better. Through his app, he shared with me that he could memorize more words, which greatly contributed to his Second prize in a regional English competition and 8.0 IELTS. He is genuinely interested in Computer Science. In the summer of 11th grade, he asked me how to become a web developer and materials to study for it. It really surprised me how serious he was about studying Computer Science. He also sent me some pdf books related to web-development and asked for my reviews before he studied them.After a few months of studying web development, he and three other students at my school made a website to provide IELTS materials for students achieving their desired goal. During his making process, he asked me for advice and how to solve some problems he encountered. I could see in him a dedication in Computer Science, which ultimately helped him build a simple yet useful IELTS website to help many students achieve their good IELTS band score.
Not only does he excel academically, but he is also a kind-hearted person. During a group project that I gave to the class, Z demonstrated a great sympathetic heart, communication, and teamwork skills. He talked to his group members, one by one to fully understand the strength and weakness of each member to divide tasks accordingly so that everyone could work their hardest for the group. I felt that he actually tried to put himself into other people's position to fully understand and bring out the best in them. Without a doubt, Tien has the soft skills and a compassionate heart to succeed in any interactive environment, even lead them given a chance.
All in all, Z has a great passion for learning, impressive academic potential, and good soft skills. With his traits and talents, he can only fully grow in a demanding environment. By admitting Z to your GKS program, you will add a valuable piece to your community. I believe that Z will be able to advance further on his chosen path and make worthy contributions to the world.
Holt Educational Consultant - / 13,223 4319
This letter will be totally unacceptable to the GKS review committee ( That is a big IF the applicant gets past the application documents screening round) and will result in the disqualification of the candidate from the application process. The letter is obviously written by the applicant as it does not meet the writing requirements listed in the GKS instructional page for the letter of recommendation. The student cannot write the letter and then have the professor sign the letter and seal the envolope with his signature across it.
They have ways and means of verifying who wrote the letter and they actually use these verification methods during the assessment process. They know how to identify when the student wrote the letter and when the professor / teacher wrote the letter. There are things they look for in the letter and its professional presentation that students do not know about so the student thinks he can fool the reviewer committee by writing his own recommendation letter. The GKS scholarship is not a run of mill scholarship that accepts just anyone. Specially not someone willing to break the rules hoping to benefit from it.
Therefore, I cannot be a party to the cheating of this student. I will not review nor advise him on how to get around a clear violation of the GKS scholarship LOR requirement. This letter is violation of the applicant's oath of truthful disclosure and will be cause for his disqualification as a candidate and blacklisting from future applications under the GKS program.
Make the recommendee write the letter. If the chosen recomendee is not available then find someone else who would be available to write a recommendation letter for him. He should not write it personally and hope to fool the review committee into thinking the teacher wrote the letter. That will never work.