A: Irvine, CA 92697 T: 949-100-800 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 25, 2016
University of California, Irvine
318 Humanities Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
Dear Professor Nam,
No need to introduce yourself here (I know you already). In your opening paragraph, consider taking the
opportunity here to discuss how the quarter went for you. More or less challenging than you anticipated?
How so? Also take the opportunity here to discuss what is in your portfolio and perhaps the key pieces,
readings, homework, or class activities that informed and/or advanced your writing in some way. End this
paragraph describing in what ways you grew as a writer. In other words, what did you learn?
By the way, notice how I am not indenting any of these paragraphs. Anyways, take the opportunity here
to get specific. You made a claim earlier about what you learned, right? So take the time here to prove it.
What assignments were particularly helpful? What did you learn how to do better? Perhaps you learned
the importance of integrating sources. Okay, great. Tell me more. What about integrating sources did you
learn?–That it’s important to provide evidence…? Or how to correctly format quotes and citations? In
other words, don’t simply state that you learned how to do something. Explain why it was important that
you learned this and how you are going to apply what you have learned in future assignments.
Here’s another opportunity for you to be specific. Remember, you have a lot of choices here regarding
what to discuss: how your writing process has changed/improved, the significance of another assignment,
how the reading improved your writing, what you learned from peer-review, etc. Now, obviously, you
don’t have the space nor the time to talk about every aspect of this class, so choose carefully. Also,
remember, if you are going to make a claim about how your writing has improved, make sure you can cite
and/or refer to the specific assignment, activity, and/or lesson. If your editing skills improved in Paper 2,
then you should be able to provide evidence, for example, “compared to my editing log for Paper 1, you
can see that by changing the way I edited (looking for specific errors vs. looking for all errors), I made
great improvements in identifying for errors in Paper 2 and correcting them.
Here’s where you can further emphasize the progress you’ve made in this class, i.e., in what ways you’re
writing in your portfolio demonstrates how you have completed this course a stronger writer. Normally,
this is where you’d thank your reader (me, in this case) for taking the time to consider you for this
position (in this case, not a position, but rather to consider passing you). Perhaps you hope I enjoy reading
your portfolio. As your final statement, do your best to make a powerful, memorable statement about your
Purchase answer to see full