Requesting Letters of Recommendation
A letter of recommendation is not just a way for a committee to see that someone thinks you are great in general. It is instead a specific opportunity for someone who knows you well to say that your plans fit with who you are and for a relevant expert to confirm that your project is sound and that you are qualified to take it on.
Remember that your recommender can also be a great resource for guidance and support. Have conversations with potential recommenders early on. Not only will this give you a chance to take advantage of all their feedback, but it will also give your recommender time to write a strong letter.
Check out our handout "Requesting a Letter of Recommendation" for some tips and suggestions on asking for strong letters to support your application.