Originally Posted by naoj
should i get my teachers/other recommenders to write separate letters or fill in the spaces left for them in the application forms (eg stanford)?
Either way works... Some universities would have 1-2 forms that would require you to get some teachers to fill up as recommenders.
However, you can always get more recommendation letters that are written on separate letters. So, basically ensure that you have your best recommenders fill up the form, and other recommenders use separate pieces.
Quantity should not be the main concern, but the quality fo the recommendation. My personal advice would be to get someone that really know you very well. Recommendation letter is not a letter where you just copy from your curriculum vitae that you are this national champion, this state athlete etc... but it is something for you to showcase something that is not shown from your certificates... like how hard you have struggled into becoming state athlete, what kind of special contribution you have done to your school etc...
My main advice on application is put a lot of efforts on your application essays and recommendation letters.
Feel free to keep the questions coming... naoj, invite your friends here to ask questions too...