Writing the introduction

When writing the introduction to your essay, it is important to keep your reader in mind. A good introduction will engage the reader’s interest and provide initial orientation. You need to decide what the reader needs to know at this stage to make sense of the rest of the essay.

Below are some guidelines on writing the introduction:

  • Identify the topic and set it in context
  • Present your central idea clearly and precisely. This may involve stating your position towards the topic or issue under investigation.
  • Briefly outline the structure of the essay
  • Define key concepts and any important terms that may be subject to different interpretation