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How to Write an Introduction to an Academic Assignments?

17 Jul 2017

Since the dawn, an author who writes any piece of writing from a small note to a novel should think, in the first term about his reader. Essay writer has the same priority.

The readers have different experience, knowledge base and attitude to the topic of telling. In order to tune a reader on a wave of your writing, to give him sufficient explanation information, make him willing to read the rest and simply to start beautifully, we need an introduction at first.

What does introduction introduce?

In one of the Oxford dictionaries, we may find that: “introduction is a thing preliminary to something else, especially an explanatory section at the beginning of a book, report, or speech.” Simply saying, it is an explanation of what are you going to say in your essay and why.

From this perspective a good introduction will focus the following points:

Tense pairs. 

Several language areas play a major role in the essay introduction. They help to put accents in the essay text. For example, with Present Simple, you state an accepted fact or truth while with Present Continuous you will describe a temporary situation. (I live in Manchester – Present Simple and I am living in Manchester – Present Continuous). With Present Perfect you sometimes can describe a happening that is more accordant to the situation now, then while using Past Simple. (I have cracked my glasses (and it’s a problem NOW) – Present Perfect. I cracked my glasses (but it’s ok, I replaced them) – Past Simple. ). 

Words connectors

The signaling language helps to connect one sentence or matter to the next. The reader should not feel a gap between the parts of data that makes broad sweeping. The following expressions are helpful for this task: therefore, due to, as a result, on the other hand, etc.

Paragraphing 

It is important to use paragraphs when you write your introduction to help the reader quickly to orient in your essay. The first line of a passage in academic essays, for instance, will provide you with the meat-and-potatoes of a paragraph. The main task here is to make your introductory paragraph coherent and logical.

Choosing Active or Passive voice

Certain types of essays, for, e.g., scientific papers find useful to apply Passive voice, as it is not common to indicate who did research or an experiment. In order to substitute I or We, a construction with IT is used (It is known that… It was thought that…).

Another way out is to use a dummy subject (This article describes…, The present paper shows…).

You can start

The writing of an effective introduction can be divided into several main steps. And although introductions differ greatly based on the type of essay and its topic, information they contain will make it structured.

  1. With the first three-four lines of your introduction, make sure to show a general picture of an essay. It makes a reader understand the importance of your theme and to receive the background information on it. You might use the most general facts slowly moving towards the details. Tip: If you are blocked and have no idea where to start, look at your title. To start with a definition of its keyword may be an effective way to start.
  2. With the next two sentences introduce the main argument or a central focus of your research. This is still general information without the specific details. It is more to show an issue that is interesting to lots of people or researchers and that addresses questions or problem that will be communicated in your essay. 
  3. The next few lines have an aim to make a brief overview of previous or current contributions to the problematic of your essay. You may mention the earlier researches or studies.
  4. With the next part, you begin introducing your topic in details, namely your specific problem or idea. Provide more background the information that details your work. Tip: In order to make the transition from general information to the detailed one, you may mention a bottleneck in research or a dead end in a discussion. It will give the reader an understanding of the importance of your piece of assignment work
  5. The one-two sentences describe an essay itself. What is its purpose and peculiarity, what is its main focus and methodology used? 
  6. With the very last sentence, it is appropriate to mention your result. The conclusion needs to be brief, do not give many details, you will have a specific section for this.
  7. Of course, the number of sentences, mentioned above is approximate and is given only to show the overall canvas the introduction contains. If to some reason you have no inspiration to compose an essay, please feel free to order our service by filling the information in a box on the main page

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