A crucial question every student should answer for him/herself, as for me. I guess it is the most important skill you should gain at the very beginning of your studies. If not, you will be cursed with a struggle to start your essay until the end of your studies. So, coming up with a good intro is quite remarkable in every writing you are about to submit.
I would say the main thing in coming up with an excellent introduction has an interesting topic. And it is an actual blessing if you can choose or create one for yourself. Still, we all know, that usually it is not the case. We often get a topic to write from our tutor, and more often than rare the topic is standard, boring or confusing. Here the struggle begins.
But I have come up with the tricks on how to avoid this paralyzed state of mind when you sit in front of the blank paper and cry out of despair.
First of all, get as much information on your topic as you can. The best deal is to look for trusted sources and student’s papers examples. If it worked for other students - it should work for you too. So, read it all through, pay attention on how those papers and articles start. You might find great ideas there. You might also shamelessly use them. I always do that :)
When you get enough ideas and create a decent basis, plan, and outline for your essay, you come to actual writing. And here are some moments I would like to highlight to help you out.
So, when you write
- Keep your first sentence short.
- Say something unusual. Use a hook, a citation, a joke, something to attract attention.
- Do not repeat the title.
- Keep the introduction brief. It is not the place to express all your thoughts at once. You will do it in the body of the text.
- Use the word “you” at least once. It would tell the reader that you, the author, are writing the article with them in mind.
- Dedicate 1-2 sentences to articulating what the article covers.
- Dedicate 1-2 sentences to explaining why the article is relevant.
- Refer to a concern or problem your readers might have.
Those things are significant for your intro to be good. Hope it helps!