This essay will identify and examine the main causes underpinning student difficulties with academic writing and consider evidence to evaluate whether programs delivered in universities address this problem.
Okay, so an ear-shattering bang with a fiery-aftermath-type bang isn’t what I’m talking about when I say, “This is how to start an essay with a bang.” (But I bet this adorably suspicious kitten has one heck of a story to tell.)If you guessed they’re all catchy, clickable headlines, you’re right.
Introduction paragraphs are usually about 5% of your essay word count.
In clearly-written sentences, the writer gives some background on the main topic; explains the academic problem and tells the reader what to expect in the rest of the essay.
For example, if an ASO consultant comes to a lecture to do a guest presentation, it would be good practice to be introduced in a meaningful way: This is Mary Bloggs The introduction is usually ‘funnel shaped’. Then, it narrows to the thesis statement or the part of the topic that will be specifically addressed in the essay (sentence 2).
The last sentence of the paragraph usually outlines the main points that will be covered in the essay (sentence 3).
Discuss the reasons for this problem and critically assess the effectiveness of university intervention writing programs.
Because poor writing skills can affect students’ success in tertiary education, it is important that writing problems are understood so that university assistance programs are adequate.
You can follow a basic pattern (recipe) for writing introduction paragraphs to help you get started.
As essay topics and lecturer requirements vary, you will find that ‘the recipe’ will need to be adjusted to suit the style of essay you will be asked to write.