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2. Ask Your Teacher and Counselor

2. Ask your Teacher and your Counselor 

Ask teachers if they will write you a letter of recommendation. Give your teachers as much lead time as possible, preferably months or several weeks.

Common App schools will also want a Counselor Letter of Recommendation. However, Counselor assignments sometimes change, so it is best to ask in the fall of your senior year, giving as much lead time as possible. 

After your teachers say yes—say thank you!—ask if they want supporting materials. If they do, see #3.