Creating A Solid Introduction To Your Dissertation: 5 Vital Tips


The tips that follow are unlikely to work for students who need to write an introduction in a hurry. This is no quick fix. If, however, you have a month or two to prepare, these tricks can lead you to producing a well written dissertation that shines from the very start. Here’s how:

  1. Read the kind of writing you want to emulate
  2. There are many dissertations out there that you can sample to create your own academic writing style. Look for the ones that have either been marked favourably by members of your own faculty or have been endorsed by reputable institutions. Read these regularly from start to finish but pay special attention to the intros.

  3. Make notes on these great examples
  4. Having read your samples repeatedly you can begin to make notes on the writers’ use of language and how the different parts of the dissertation relate to each other.

  5. Write frequently
  6. Even If you have always been a talented writer, the value of frequent practice should never be underestimated. Good students with natural ability have been overtaken by average students with strong wills and the dedication to put in extra hours. Whatever your current standard of work, aim higher and push yourself to write better than you ever have before.

  7. Let better writers read your work and critique it
  8. Pride can make us less aware of our own flaws. When writing an introduction is unfamiliar to you, try asking people who have proven their abilities to critique you fairly. If they will spare your feelings, don’t bother asking. You need people to tell you bluntly if your work is rubbish and explain how you can take it from where it is to where it needs to be.

  9. Incorporate the suggestions into your final piece
  10. Having seen your previous attempts dissected by good writers, you should make more attempts and each time get closer to the level that is expected of you. After a few tries, you should be ready to write the introduction for the dissertation that you intend to submit for grading. Be sure to look at it carefully for any traces of your previous mistakes that may have accidentally snuck in. These should be removed in the proofreading and editing stages.

    Having done this you should be capable of writing a completely academically sound introduction.