Academic writing lessons:

If you want to complete your essay successfully, you should follow these easy steps. When you write an academic essay your goal is to persuade your readers through the presentation of evidence. The start of your paper is one of the most crucial steps in this process. If you want to establish your authority as the author and engage your reader you have to make sure that you start your paper off on the right foot you need to begin by introducing the topic, focusing the topic, and giving your readers direction.

Introduce the paper

The start of your final product will let your readers know what the purpose of your essay is, or what it is about. This is otherwise known as the topic. But of course the topic of your paper isn't something that exists in and of itself. You have to let your readers know the context of your topic or the frame through which you will approach that topic. For example, you cannot simply say that your topic is the First Amendment. You have to give context. The context might be legal theory pertaining to speech, the context might be the signing and creation of the amendment, or the context might be a contemporary dispute raised by the idea of freedom of speech. The point is that you need to establish the context of your essay while also limiting the topic you will cover and focusing your approach.

Focusing

Focusing your essay is important. You have to let the reader know what the key issue is. Are you going to answer a question or solve a problem? If you want to pose a question for the reader that leads them directly to your idea, you can do this. Alternatively you can tell them your thesis statement Pointblank. You can also try asking the question of the reader and suggesting an answer, and answer what your essay is going to try and argue. The full nature of your idea, or your thesis, might not emerge with all of its support and grandeur until the conclusion, but the introduction must indicate the direction that your readers will take nonetheless. Think of the introduction as a road map which guides your reader along the path they will take. Whether you choose to start your introduction with a question, or clear statement of your thesis, you need to explain to the reader what you're going to write about and why it matters.

Orientation

Orientation for your readers is important. Just like driving, they need to be oriented along the route that your essay will take. Need to make sure that your reader knows at all times where your essay is headed and where it has been. You can do this by giving the reader the information in the explanations that they required to better understand the point you're making. Do not allude to your point. State it out right. Just because you know where your argument is headed or you have drawn a conclusion based on the evidence you presented does not mean that the reader will do the same. You need to make sure that you explain your point or that you draw the conclusion from your evidence directly so that your readers can follow without a doubt what you were trying to show them. If you do not provide this information, your readers might come to a different conclusion than yours or they might assume that you're making a different argument. Don't let this happen by staying on track.

Remember!

“   Every writer, no matter how good he is with his first attempt should proofread his paper.  ”

–  John Smith
 

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