How to write an introduction to your essay
So many students email me to ask how to write an effective introduction to their essay. What makes a good introduction? How can I get my point across?
Introductions - The Writing Center
The introduction to an essay is very important. It is the FIRST paragraph that the marker reads and should 'grab' the reader. Introduction paragraphs are usually about 5% of your essay word count. In clearly-written sentences, the writer gives some background on the main topic; explains the academic problem and tells the reader what to expect in the rest of the essay. You can follow a basic pattern (recipe) for writing introduction paragraphs to help you get started. As essay topics and lecturer requirements vary, you will find that 'the recipe' will need to be adjusted to suit the style of essay you will be asked to write.
The introduction to an essay is rather like a formal social introduction: How do you do! For example, if an ASO consultant comes to a lecture to do a guest presentation, it would be good practice to be introduced in a meaningful way: