Teacher Contact

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  1. cj131222

    cj131222 Member

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    I know that I will need to contact 1 English, 1 Chemistry or Physics, and 1 Math teacher for the teacher evaluations on the West Point website. I don't see anywhere what kind of contact information I need from them or where it is on the candidate portal. Does anyone know anything about this? I'm applying for Class of 2016 and was hoping to get this done soon. Any help is appreciated!
     
  2. Ken2012

    Ken2012 Prospective

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    The portal won't open for teacher rec's until July or so.

    I asked admissions and I was told you just need to type in their e-mail, and questions are sent to the contact.
     
  3. cj131222

    cj131222 Member

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    Ok so just email and name then?
     
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    Ken2012 Prospective

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    I believe so. Unless I'm misinformed or they change it.
     
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    ok thanks!
     
  6. Casey

    Casey USMA 2015

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    Yea you'll provide their name and address. Make sure its an address that they will check over the summer and that you've talked to them beforehand about it and why you want to go USMA
     
  7. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Ah, I thought the teacher evaluation was more about the student's leadership in class and work ethics rather than why you wanted to attend.
     
  8. Ken2012

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    Well it would make sense if there was a question on a candidate's motivation to go to an academy, or if they would do well at an academy.

    Hopefully your contacts are ones that know you well!
     
  9. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Well, as I am attending HS in Brazil, I am a little worried about how will my teachers fill those questionnaires up (which are numbers)... there is no need for recommendation letters for Brazilian Colleges.
     
  10. Casey

    Casey USMA 2015

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    It is more of an evaluation of leadership potential/abilities than questions about why you want to attend, but there are a lot of teachers (and people) out there that don't necessarily understand how big of a deal the service academies are or treat it like its just another obligatory student rec that colleges don't really care about anyways if you aren't getting anything bad said about you. Its better in my personal opinion if you take the time to explain why this is so important to you and about the Academy. Take the time beforehand so that they understand where you're coming from as well as showing that this is a big deal for you and you are motivated to do this, showing maturity, etc. All of that is important to show to people who are evaluating something that will become a part of your file for admissions
     
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    any advice on how you approached your teacher for this?
     
  12. Ken2012

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    Well 2 of my contacts know me fairly well and about my dream of going to West Point. I first asked if they would be willing, of course, and both said yes. So I told them about West Point's evaluations and that they were going to be e-mailed, and I suggested a few example questions that I thought could be used.

    My third teacher didn't know me too well, but she knows I also want to attend West Point (I wear a USMA sweater.. alot. Also I attend a small school). I came up to her when she wasn't busy, asked her politely, and told her about the eval's.


    I would agree with earlier advice though. Just inform your contact of the what/when/how/etc of the evals and talk about yourself, so he/she can have some background info.
     
  13. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Talk to the teachers that you like and like you - those can be from 9th-11th (12th as well, but it will be perhaps a bit too late...) about it, explain how important it is.
     
  14. Casey

    Casey USMA 2015

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    Just be respectful and honest. I'm not saying to go pour 16-17 years or dreams and aspirations into the teachers' laps :yllol: What I did was I had a copy of my resume (teachers don't always get to see what you're doing outside of school) and just had a chat with them after school one day when they weren't busy, answering any questions they had, etc. I walked out confident that I wouldn't be receiving any evals that I had to worry about. Just be yourself and be respectful, it'll all work out
     

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