很多学生认为推荐信无所谓，所以随便抄抄完事，有的甚至还有语法错误，殊不知如此做法，不但损害了推荐人的名声，同时也对自己的申请造成不可挽回的损失。还有很多人，包括一些留学咨询者，宣称英国大学招生官一般不看中国学生的推荐信。这绝对是一b x – # ` = 9 n 7种偏见。毫无疑问，对于泛泛而论，赞扬过度，内容重复的推荐信，招生官可能会看两行就扔在一边，但对于那些真实、具体、中肯有力的推荐信，教授肯定会认真考虑的。在英国这个极重视个人信用的国度，可以说，推荐人以自己的信用向英国学校所作的推荐，是整个申请中的一个很大的变数。还有很多学生认为推荐信应该只有两三段长，绝对不能超过一页，殊不知，加上收件人推荐人地址，联系方式和职位后，一页纸还有多少空间?还能说明什么呢?如果不是推荐人和对方十分熟悉或有多年交道，这样的推荐信是起不到什么作用的，如果有作用，那也只能说明推荐人根本不愿意给你写推荐信。
找什么人写推荐信最好呢?对于o 3 & F ) c研究类课程的申请，两封推荐信中应该至少有1封学术推荐，即要有1个教授或老师推荐你，推荐内容主要在你的学术能力和研究能力。但要注意，现在即使是研究性的课程，录取委员会也比较注重学生组成的多样性，所以在推荐时，不能仅限于课堂和科研，要顾及自己的课外活动和社会活动。对于诸如法学院、商学院的申请，则要注重工作推荐信，你老板的推荐信，实习单位领导的推荐则更为重要。
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In capacitw q / &y as Professor of Mathematics at Fudan University?I’m writing to recommend Mr. Wang?Gesintosyour PhD program in Computer Science. I have known Mr. Wang since his sophomore year of college?and have acted as his thesis advisor and mentor. In my experience?he is a gifted and diligent student?and an admirably hard worker.
Wang is an impressive student because he has been forced to overcome the significant challenge of a serious illness during his freshman year. When I first met Wang in my Discrete Math class?he did not appear to be anything special to me. While his exam scores were good?they were not as high as I would now expect of him. What I didn’t know then was that due to his illness?Wang was attempting to takee * y I U all of the difficult early mathematics courses at one ti3 5 X & * $ w *me?k R e $ n wincluding Discrete Mathematics?Advanced Mathematics?Linear Algebra?and Possibilities. While most students found preparing for just one set of these exams difficult?Wang was overwhelmed by four of them. But in the end?he achieved an impressive score on the final exam?which made me conscious of his unusual determination he demonstrates when confronting difficu0 4 c 4 : Llt challenges.
Mr. Wange q ] j U j 4 F v and I have often talked about a variety of mathematics and computer science concepts and problems. During these discussions?I always found him to be delightfully intelligent. Not only does he quickly understa! Z Q d O fnd the concepts and pro4 Z a $ N O * 0 blems presented to him?he is able to analyze these problems and present solutions. ButJ f c r [ B perhaps most important is that W; = m * @ J & F *ang’s thinking is intensely rigorous. When looking at any question?he carefully scrutinizes it and if he finds any uncertain issues?he clears7 _ G ` D , c 5 ` them up immediately. I believe this kind of thought is essential to become an excellent computer px : r S ( / Srogrammer.
Serving as his thesis advisor?I had a first-hand opportunity to observe the way in which Wang’s mind works. In his senor thesis?Mr. Wang mainly discussed two challenging questions in regards to″ANN″. In ouD ^ 8 } ^r books in China?knowledge~ K o Q r of ANN and its uses are very rare. Few people in China have studied this topic and consequently?the materials that are available on ANN are limited. Working on this difficult project?not only did Mr. Wang rise to the challenge?but he went above and beyond the call of duty to analyze his secondary sources and test them for accuracy in practice. In this way?he fi L v $ 0ound mistakes in the book that we use. His diligence and hard work made me extremely proud of hi 0 k ^ 0 Ym.
Mr. WanQ U 3 : J ] I eg is an intelligent?motivated?and industrious individual. Teaching and advising him has been a delightful plv p – @ Neasure. I know that if given the chance to study abroad in America?he will arm hy n j 8imself to become a great programm# V 8 B , O Z i ger he dreams of being. He has the intelligence and background to achieve these goals – now all he needs is the opportunity. I ask that you look upon his application favorably and grant him a chance to study in your university.