School starts this week for me, and I was thinking of doing an independent study course with a professor. If I do enroll in such a course, would it be ok to also ask that person for a letter of rec for grad school applications this fall? One issue is the relatively short timeframe that the professor has to get to know me. Since most grad school applications are due Dec 15, I need to ask by Nov 15, which gives me 2.5 months. But on the other hand, this is a reading course with the professor,so it will be 1 on 1.