How to write a good introduction
they say "Well begun half done" and it is very true when we speak about writing an introduction for IELTS essay.
If your introduction is clear, well structured and covers all the main points of the question, examiner will have a good impression about your work and your chances to achieve a desired score will become higher.
HOW TO COME UP WITH IDEAS FOR A PERFECT INTRODUCTION?
To compose it nicely, you need to read the task carefully.
Let's consider a sample Task 2 IELTS question:
"Some people think that the best way to reduce crime is to apply longer prison sentences, other people think that there are better methods of doing this. Discuss both views and give your opinion."
WHAT TO WRITE?
Well, everything is given in the task.
FIRSTLY, think what is the general topic of the question.
In our case it is CRIME. So, your first sentence should be a general statement about this topic. It should not be long, but should show clearly to your examiner that you are going to write an essay about crime.
SECONDLY, you need to understand what details are mentioned about the topic.
In our task they are: Longer prison sentences are necessary to reduce crime, other types of punishment are better options.
These are two points of view, so you need to present them in your introduction, but of course, you should not copy sentences from the task. You need to paraphrase these ideas and present them with the help of your own words.
Besides, as these are two contrusting ideas, it is better to use the linker of contrast between them (for example: however, nevertheress, etc.) It will make your introduction more cohesive.
THIRDLY, after working with the main points of the question, you need to understand what type of essay you are going to write.
To do this, it is necessary to look at the question given.
We have: "Discuss both views and give your opinion." It means, we are asked to write a discussion essay. So, to write the last sentence of your introduction you need to tell the reader your plan, in other words, to explain, what are you going to write about.
For example: This essay will analyze both sides before a reasoned conclusion is drawn.
This sentence clearly shows that you are writing a discussion essay.
Now choose one of the IELTS questions and try to implement this technique in your writing!
We wish you the highest score in IELTS and good luck!