10 Quick Tips On How To Compose A Great Introduction For An Essay

As anyone having to write an essay will know, the introduction is the first piece of writing. It is important for a number of reasons. It is no more important than any of the other sections but because it is the first thing after the title that the reader will see, the impression the reader gains about the quality of the writing and the interest of the subject will come from the introduction. So getting your introduction right or as good as it can be goes without saying. Here are 10 tips to help you create a great introduction for your essay.

  1. Get the setting or background right.
  2. Have a short sentence encapsulating the topic sitting in front of you as you write.
  3. The thesis statement is the key to your introduction.
  4. Give a brief outline of the arguments which follow.
  5. Go back and rewrite your introduction after you finish your essay.
  6. Always practice the adage that ‘less is more’.
  7. Does your summary match your introduction?
  8. Keep editing your introduction until it is perfect.
  9. Does the introduction flow into the body of your work?
  10. Is the title reflected in your introduction?

It's vitally important that the reader immediately understands the background or the setting your essay. There needs to be no doubt as to where they are once they begin to read.

To keep yourself on track in writing your introduction, have a very short sentence or even the topic of your essay somewhere within eyesight. This is designed to keep you on topic.

You can spend as much time as you need on creating your thesis statement. This will appear in your introduction and be the starting point of your work. The introduction is a mini version of what is to follow. You have to become very good at precis writing. The reader needs to get a mini version of the entire essay in the introduction with an emphasis on the word mini. Do not overwrite.

Once you have completed your essay, it is a good idea to go back and rewrite your introduction if necessary. Remember the adage that over-writing is as bad as bad writing -- less is more.

It's important that your summary at the end of your essay reflects what you have written in your introduction. The summary is easy to write in that it is simply a regurgitation of what has gone before. The key, of course, is to ensure that the introduction led into what was said in the summary.