Many students ask their favorite teachers for a letter of recommendation while applying to colleges or internships, but sometimes teachers are reluctant to say yes because they’re not sure where to start.

Being asked to write a letter of recommendation is an honor; it shows that the student values your opinion and your contributions to their education. But writing a letter that sounds genuine and makes a student stand out from the crowd can be difficult. Here are six simple tips to catch the eye of admissions committees while making the process easier for you – and making that blank page feel a lot less intimidating.