How to write a great thesis introduction
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The most daunting part for many people is writing the thesis introduction. Writing introductions can seem daunting. You should have done most of the research/prep work by this point and be ready to begin your introduction. Sometimes, it’s not easy to determine what information is necessary and how to present a strong first impression to your reader. This guide can help you get started if this is the case.
Start with the introduction. A placeholder is a great option if you’re having difficulty composing a compelling introduction. You don’t need to make the placeholder as strong as it should be. But you can always edit it. Writing a short introduction that sets the tone will make it easier to follow along with your writing. You don’t want to wait until the end to start writing the introduction. This can result in a poorly-written paper.
A strong introduction will draw readers in and set the scene for the whole paper. While there is no way to create an introduction that will work for every topic in all cases
- Identify your readership
Before you start writing your first sentence, consider who your readers might be. Your professor who graded your work and is ultimately responsible for you receiving your diploma are your most important readers. It is important to consider other readers for your thesis, even if they are not experts in the field. Writing your thesis with them in view will allow you be as clear as possible, which will make it easier to understand and more enjoyable.
- Get the attention of the reader by hooking them
The most important sentence in a paper is the first. The first sentence is crucial. Think back to your own research. How many papers did you skip because they didn’t grab you attention in the first few sentences? These hooks, which are often used to open a paper with a question or citation, have become too common. It is best to start your introduction with a broad, interesting sentence that seamlessly transitions into your argument. You will also appeal to a wider audience if you start with a longer statement. The audience the paper is intended for informs you. Next, think about what would catch their attention. List all the interesting things about your topic. What current events or controversies are relevant to your topic? You can start by looking at the whole topic, and then you can narrow it down to your thesis statement and specific topic.
- Provide relevant background
The introduction should contain enough background information that the reader can understand the thesis and its arguments. The topic determines the amount of background information that is required. The background information should not be too extensive that you have to spend too long on it in the body. However, it shouldn’t be so boring that it becomes tedious.
- Give the reader an overview of the content of the paper
Tell the reader what the purpose of your study is. Include the following:
Briefly describe your motivations for conducting research (if it isn’t already in paragraph one).
Define the scope and topic of your research
Your research’s practical relevance should be explained
Discuss the scientific situation relevant to your topic. You can include the most significant scientific articles and explain briefly how they relate to your research.
- Look at the key points, then write your thesis statement
Your thesis introduction should provide a preview of what lies ahead and give enough detail to the reader to understand the key points. However, it should not be too long. Your thesis body will present the main argument. You might also want to introduce your thesis statement by briefly mentioning some of your key supporting details.