How to write term papers: pay attention to the introduction
There are many important parts of a term paper – the thesis, the discussion points, the conclusion. But what ultimately sets the tone for your paper – and determines its effectiveness – is the introduction.
The best way to grab a reader’s attention is to start your introduction with a “hook”. This will grab their interest right away – and keep them interested in the overall point of your paper. Without an effective hook, it can be difficult to get readers engaged.
There are many ways to include a “hook” in your introduction paragraph:
Your thesis is your argument or point. It should be condensed into one, maybe two, sentences and be a clear message as to the direction of your paper.
How to create an effective thesis:
- Take a side. If your paper is about a controversial topic, pick a side and make a statement about why it is the right side of the argument.
- Make a statement. State, strongly, why the facts in the paper are true.
- Avoid questions. Thesis statements should never be in the form of a question. Your statement needs to be strong – and question form implies that there are multiple answers.
- Write it as a conclusion. Form your thesis as if it were a conclusion drawn by the review of all of your facts. As supporting evidence, those facts will be what supports your thesis.
- Don’t write lists. It’s important not to create a list in your thesis. Your listed items will be available as you back up your statement with facts, but the list of facts should never be present within your thesis statement.