Writing a catchy academic essay introduction

Academic writing can be difficult to handle for many of the people out there, but the truth is that once you get used to it, you may actually grow into liking it. Of course, academic writing can seem stiff and strict at times, but the truth is that it is governed by strict guidelines precisely because these rules create a bridge between you as a researcher and other researchers in your field. Even more, following the guidelines can keep you out of trouble (such as when it comes to citing sources and not allowing your paper to be considered as plagiarized).

Academic essays can be quite smooth when it comes to the rules that govern them, especially since they can allow you to express your personal opinion. However, certain rules will have to be followed nevertheless and you will definitely want to keep them in mind.

Also, do bear in mind the fact that the introduction of your academic essay can win or lose your reader from the very beginning and this is why it is extremely important that you give special attention to this part of the essay. While you may not be able to make it as catchy as a newspaper article for example, you may still have the freedom to make it sound very attractive for someone who lays eyes on it. Here are some of the basic things to know about writing good introductions:

  1. Always be very specific in stating your purpose and/or opinion. Your readers will be looking for very specific things so do make sure that they will find out what your essay is about from its very first paragraph.
  2. Avoid flowery language at all costs. Academic writing is not so much about using an intricate vocabulary (especially not in an academic essay and even more so not in its introduction). Using words that seem too complicated may keep away some of the readers and may make you sound pretentious to other readers out there.
  3. Pay a lot of attention to the opening sentence, since this will be the one that will attract the eyes of your readers.
  4. Your introduction should briefly state why you have a certain opinion as well. Make sure to make this as brief as possible and as inviting to further reading as possible too.
  5. When elaborating the context of your essay’s topic, make sure that you do not go very much into detail. Otherwise, your essay will feel crammed up with information from the very beginning.

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