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What Is The Example Of A Peer Reference Letter?

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Iris Phillips answered
Peer recommendation letter examples can be found at a wide variety of websites, some of which have been provided as links here:
  • Who to Ask
A peer recommendation letter can be written by anyone who is in an equal position to the applicant, such as a friend from school; a sporting team mate; someone from a club the applicant belongs to; a neighbor or a community of faith; a fellow student or a colleague at work; it could even be a sibling or cousin.

The nature of the connection between author and applicant is not as important as their ability to provide an insight into the applicant's character and interests. The main thing to remember is that the writer must have had a significant immediate involvement with the applicant for at least a few years. Subordinates or supervisors may not write peer recommendations.

It should be noted that it is not acceptable for the applicant to draft or write their own letter of recommendation, even if the person chosen as a writer has requested this. If the person insists on the applicant preparing a draft, another writer should be found, as doing this could result in a denial of application or withdrawal of an already existing admission offer.

  • Basic Guidelines
A recommendation letter should look professional and be written specifically for the application. This is an important factor, as using an older, out-dated letter or a letter containing very general recommendations tends to be less than helpful in strengthening an application.

The letter should explain how the writer knows the applicant, what he or she knows about the applicant's character and interests, school or work history and aspirations.
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Amanda Wells answered
A peer reference letter shouldn't be very different from any other letter of recommendation - you can see some examples of these here. THe main thing is to make it clear in the opening paragraph who you are - ie a co-worker or fellow student, not a supervisor or boss - and that your impressions of the person are based on working with them, not grading or assessing their work.

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