Request a favor. Sample letter


  1. If you need a favor from a person, don't apologize. Make the person feel honored in your letter. Tell the reader why he/she is capable of helping you. Explain your reason for requesting this favor. Be persuasive and make the request reasonable. Tell the reader that you will repay his/her kindness.
  2. Make it clear to the reader why you are asking for a favor. Also, tell the reader why he/she can help you.
  3. If you are asking too much from the reader, be persuasive in making the request reasonable.
  4. Compliment the person but avoid flattery. Tell the reader that you are willing to repay his/her kindness.


[Senders Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Letter Date]

[Recipients Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-

Dear [Recipients Name],

Good day! I am writing you to ask for a favor that I hope you will oblige in.

In less than two months I will be taking the Graduate Record Examination, with the hope to enter Lakewood University, where they have the best graduate school program for the course I want to complete. The school places an extremely high emphasis on a student's success in the exam, which is why I feel extremely pressured to get an above average score on the GRE.

Seeing that you helped my older sibling pass his GRE and get into MIT's graduate program, you were the first person I thought of when considering who I could approach to assist me. I am not asking for too much time; I would just really appreciate any pointers you could give me and a few lessons on the mathematics and physics sections, which I feel are my weakest points.

I look forward to your response to this request that I have. I hope that you will give me a definite reply. Thank you in advance.


[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -