6 Ways to Conquer the Essay Opener


Coming up with the 1st line of any essay is no easy task! Often students just face a blank. 

Here's some help:

1. The poignant quote

Start with a quote to instantly show your insight on the topic. But, ensure the quote is relevant to the topic and that the author is respected: 

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."


2. The astonishing stat

Find a stand-out stat that will make a reader go whaaat? 

In a recent poll, more than 60% of college students admitted to cheating.

*Make sure to provide a source for the stat at the end or in the footnotes.


3. The intriguing question

Begin with a question that provokes thought & introduces the wider essay topic. Depending on the question, you can either answer it or not:

What would you do if you could go back in time and change history?
Should skateboarding become a permanent Olympic sport? Absolutely.

4. The fascinating fact

Choose a compelling fact that you think your reader wouldn't already know and that would inspire them to read on.
There are places today where people - mostly women - can still go to jail for practicing witchcraft.

5. The notable timeline

Start with a date or a timeline. It can be either historical, futuristic or rooted in present times. The trick is making sure it will pique a reader's curiosity.
Scientists predict that in just 30 years, koala bears will be extinct.

6. The personal anecdote

Connect with readers by telling them a personal story in a first-person essay. It can be funny, inspiring, even sad - just make sure it reflects your personal experience.
When I was eight years old, my best friend was a Martian.

And here's our number 1 tip: 

Don't be afraid to take a risk! It's how we figure out what works and what doesn't.
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