You could say that writing an essay is like writing a book and therefore, the opening is of utmost importance. The opening of a good book grabs the reader's attention, hooks them and makes them want to continue reading the story. The introduction to an essay should have the same effect! The introduction should be a high quality and outline to the reader what the essay is about in a succinct and concise manner.
5 tips for strong introduction of an essay:
Begin the first paragraph by allotting around 3-5 general statements related to the topic without giving away specific details regarding the focus of the essay nor the specific topic itself; end the first paragraph by allotting around 2-4 concluding statements for that particular paragraph and some general questions that aim to transition into the second paragraph, which is characterized by a more focused introduction of the specific topic of the research essay.
Define Your Paper With A Clear Question
When writing a paper, one of the best things you can do is to spend time clearly defining what question you wish to answer. As much as possible, you need to find a narrowly defined question to which you can find and present clear answers. If you do not have any clear questions to choose from, I strongly recommend trying to create one out of the choices you have. Make sure to discuss it with an instructor before you get too far.
Write a Clear, Strong Thesis Statement
A good academic essay will be defined by its thesis statement, which should be in the first two or three sentences of the introduction. The simpler and more direct you can make it the better.
Summarize What Your Paper Will Say
The next key aspect of a good introduction is to outline how you intend to prove your thesis statement briefly. If you have a good outline for your paper, this should be easy enough. Again, keep your sentences clear and straightforward. Leave the seven syllable words and complex sentences to the graduate students, keep your paper as accessible and understandable as possible and you will get solid grades.
Once you have completed your research into the topic you are writing about, you could include an observation you have made about the research. This could be something like stating that although all research about the use of wind turbines for generating energy state that this is a cost-effective method, interestingly one study held the opposite view and this study was the largest and most recent, therefore, potentially the most reliable. This may entice the reader to continue so they can understand this statement better and gain more information.
A strong introduction will summarize the paper and show a reader where they might find more details on each point. A reader will be able to easily understand exactly what the paper is going to tell her, and what the evidence will be. Of course, you will need to provide details and evidence through the paper, but having a strong and clear introduction will help you to ensure that your paper is easily understood and will get a good grade.