When it comes to writing an introduction to your thesis, you might be suddenly stumped and don’t know exactly what should be written. The thoughts and ideas would ramble chaotically in your head. On the contrary, all the ideas might have already been written down in a plan somewhere, but you still don’t know how to sort them out and create something intelligible. Writing an introduction is the most difficult task for most students. Nevertheless, it can be made easier if to take the following steps:
Write several sentences (up to three paragraphs) to generally explain what the reader can expect from the thesis. At this point, you can lightly refer to the main problem of your thesis. Try to make a smooth transition to the following section, explaining the context of the problem.
Expose the full context of the problem. At this level, you can explain key concepts, relate basic theory, and define terms. In other words, represent the background before highlighting the problem. Thus, the problem will be more deeply understood by the reader.
Now the reader is ready to delve into the key problem of your thesis. Unite all the important ideas and key themes shown in the thesis chapters into one big picture. At this step, you may feel an urgent need to look through the whole project and revise all the important information. This is alright because nothing should be overlooked. Ask these simple questions: What is the specific point you want to make in this paper? Why did you raise this problem? How are you going to solve it?
Provide the answers to your questions. Explain how your research was done, what methods were used, and what principles guided your work. Suggest a solution to the problem. Explain how the point was made and what results were achieved.
Make a list of the chapters, and add a paragraph summary of what can be found in each of them. This will serve as a guide for the reader, showing the way the thesis proceeds.
As a rule, the introduction is written after all of the other project parts. This way, it is complete and thorough, and editing is not necessary. However, if the introduction is written earlier, you should be on the alert and improve it to accommodate the overall message of your thesis.
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