Successful Ways to Start Academic Essays

The introduction is possibly the hardest part of any essay. Yes, it is, because of all that it encompasses. From that, the first line is likely going to be any student’s worst nightmare. Then building off from that, to create a functional introduction, is the next part that will cause stress. So how to get past this part to work on the rest of the essay? Here are some tips on getting past the introduction.

  1. Introduction Outline
  2. First Sentence
  3. Rest of the Introduction
  • Introduction Outline
  • Remember when the outline is done for the essay, outline each part; Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. This is so in each part, the student knows where to put what. The Introduction is one of the two most important parts, because it opens the reader to the writer’s work. Just as the Conclusion closes the Writer’s work, these two are what fields the work presented. The first line of the introduction should be outlined so the student knows what they are going to put there.

  • First Sentence
  • Also referred to as the Thesis statement, or the catch line, either way this is possibly one of the most important sentences in the whole essay. There are a number of ways to develop this sentence. It can be a quote, or slightly humorous, or a number of other presentations.

    • Reminiscence
    • Quote
    • Humorous
    • Bold Statement
    • A Query
    • Past and Present Contrast
    • Historical Reference

    Depending on how serious, or generalized the essay is, is what type of opening sentence one might use. Such as as a serious essay would likely start with a joke or a bold statement, but might use a query. A more generalized essay might start with a bold attention getting statement. Someone that is really good at doing essays might use the less formal openings and get away with it. But if the student is not that good with it, they would stay to the traditional openings. Any opening should deal with the topic of the essay, and not something random.

  • Rest of the Introduction
  • The rest of the introduction would follow the outline as well. Where the second line, would state the problem, Third line, the student’s view, and the fourth through would outline the essay for the reader. The more thought put into the essay, the more it will shine. And the more the reader will find it interesting.


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