Emails to Recommenders
Writing emails can be scary! Just know that the professor reading your email will probably skim/read it fast and likely won't catch your grammatical errors (but do try your best to make it polished). Here are some tips on writing emails to recommenders:
Ask recommenders >2 weeks from deadline
List key details in email, what you want them to mention, due dates, name of school/application
Attach relevant info such as resume, transcript, and your essays (your current draft is fine for this)
For a competitive application such as graduate school or NSF, you can specifically ask “will you write me a strong letter of recommendation?”
Be sure to spell recommender’s name correctly in your email and on your forms
I once applied for an internship, and incorrectly spelled the name.. He also somehow submitted the recommendation within 30 minutes of my request.. I didn’t get into the program.