Experience essay writing tips: introduction part

Writing an essay introduction is usually what students tackle first, because naturally it comes before anything else in the essay. But I recommend to actually write the body and conclusion first, and then the introduction. This is because it’s the most important part of your essay. It’s the very first paragraph that your teacher will read, and it needs to command their attention as well as set the stage of their mind for what the rest of your essay is going to be about. This is a big job, and often done better last, when you already have the rest in place.


Why Write Your Introduction Last?

Here’s another tip about essay introduction writing. Once you have everything else down, you can take the best pieces or specific words and reference them in the introduction, a sort of foreshadowing for your most solid arguments. Used this way, an introduction not only serves its purpose of introducing your topic, but serves also as a transition into your main points and connects back to them from the topic itself.

What else does a good introduction need? Depending on your essay, you may need to include a thesis statement, talk briefly about both sides of the argument, and perhaps also bring in some of your research. Make sure to check the instructions from your teacher to tell what he really wants from you in this essay.

Among those functions previously listed, you need to make your introduction interesting. If it doesn’t make your teacher want to read more, then why should he? Pretend that you are writing this for a contest (if you really are writing for an essay contest, that’s great!) and write as if you are being pressured to really do your best. Nitpick over every detail and each fact so that you get it exactly right. When you work hard on an essay, that’s something to be proud of.

Lastly, an essay’s introduction can be kind of a mirror image of your conclusion. While the conclusion sums everything up, an introduction brings it forth for the first time. If you’ve already written one of those, then the other should be a breeze. You can use a similar format and order of subjects so that the reader will appreciate the familiarity. Another tactic in introduction writing is to hint at facts you’re going to reveal later, and include in your conclusion.