How can planning increase a student's chance of getting great teacher recommendations?
Quite simply, the sooner you ask a teacher, the better chances you have at getting a great recommendation. Firstly, every student needs recommendations and often certain teachers who are very popular can get bogged down with these requests. If you ask at the very beginning of your senior year, you have better odds of getting your desired teacher to write a recommendation for you. Also, asking early on gives the teacher plenty of time to think about and write the letter, which will likely lead to a more thoughtful product.