As a new but eager essayist, the compare and contrast format can be a bit tricky to learn at first. It is not beyond your abilities, it is just something you need to master and it all begins with the introduction. Here are some tips to writing one that stands out:
Choose an excellent topic
The importance of this step cannot be overstated. Your topic is the very first thing you have to base everything else on. In some cases, this task is taken away from you so you need not concern yourself with it. Being given the option is a great opportunity though and you should use it wisely whenever it arises.
Find great sample introductions
These are incredible times we live in. As a student you can see some of the best written essays online for free. They can be sourced from your friends or they can be found online. Writing companies make thousands of essays available as sample content to draw users like you to their sites. Look for the best ones and start to compile a selection of papers that you can refer to.
Figure out what makes the great ones great
Once you have your batch of great introductions you should start looking at them closely to see what makes them so good. Did the writer make an emotional plea at the start? Was there a clear logical progression? How long was it? Make sure you can answer these and other questions so you know how to do it yourself.
Practice mimicking what you found
The best writers borrow confidently from others’ methods. You should try to use the tricks you observed from the previous step. Using the tricks does not mean doing exactly what they have done. In fact it is advisable that you use the work of several writers to base your own on. This way you will not seem to be pretending to be any one writer.
Ask someone what they think
Having created a few great practice introductions you will have something to take to knowledgeable critics when you ask for their opinion. You are still working on it so leave room for them to be less impressed by your work than you are. You can get better.