When you’ve got students applying to different university countries around the world, it can be tempting to use the terms “reference” and “letter of recommendation” interchangeably.
Unfortunately, it’s a rather common mistake - and a pretty serious one! Universities use them to judge how well a student will acclimatise, in terms of academic performance and overall contributions to campus/student life - especially in countries like the UK and the US!
Because they play a vital role in your students’ chances of acceptance, it’s therefore so important to stay up-to-date with changing conventions and requirements - which is sometimes easier said than done.
With an overview of US & UK conventions, this free Cheat Sheet explains the differences between References and Recommendations and unlocks tips on tone, structure, and content... along with some real-life examples.