The beginning of an essay sets the tone for the reader and is also used to get the reader interested in your work.
Having a well-written introduction is critical to a successful essay.
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.
These aims can be given more or less emphasis depending on the length and type of essay.
In a very short essay (less than 1000 words), for example, there is not much room to give a full and detailed context or structure. Essays are usually written for an intelligent but uninformed audience, so begin with some context: the background of the topic, the topic scope, and any essential definitions.
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.
Sometimes the thesis statement is followed by a breakdown of the essay's structure and organisation.
Ultimately, you must adapt the order to suit the needs of each particular essay.