How to start an essay with a hook | Essay Tips

Hello and welcome to my channel where I talk a little bit about theater a little bit about being a PhD student and a little bit about those two things put together.

Since I started this channel I’ve done a couple of videos where I’ve shared some tips or advice on writing essays or doing research from some of the things that I’ve learned over the last couple of years and from the comments it sounds like they’ve been quite useful to a lot of people and so I thought I turn into like a proper little series where I do some essay tips obviously if that sounds good and you’re not already subscribed then please do consider doing so but without further ado here is the first proper official episode of essay tips.

It’s often said that first impressions count and that’s as true for an essay or a paper as it is for a human whether you’re writing a paper for to be marked or for publication either in a convective journal for an online blog or something you want your first line to really make a great impression you are those first few sentences to really grab your readers attention to let them know that however many other things they’ve read today whether they’re marking things or just browsing through the Internet but this is going to be the killer one at the same time you also want to give them some kind of indication of what the essay is going to be about as well as providing some rationale for you writing about that thing.

In this video I wanted to collect together a few ideas for how you can best grab your readers attention when they start to read your essay so here are my five top tips for starting an essay number one start by telling us what it’s about now granted starting an essay with the sentence in this essay I will is not the most thrilling use of the English language but I wanted to point out from the start that it is a perfectly valid way to start an essay you’ve probably spent a lot of time and effort choosing the subject matter of your essay and so it’s possible just to let it speak for itself some topics are just naturally really interesting if you’re writing an essay about why humans should have hands for feet and feet for hands then as soon as you start that sentence I’m going to want to read the rest of your essay and not all subject will be as exciting as that one that I just made up but it’s worth saying that after you’ve done a lot of reading about a certain subject you can forget how exciting that topic that you’ve chosen is so sometimes it’s okay just to let your subject matter speak for itself number two start with a quote so assuming this is an essay for kind of undergraduate level or above you’re going to be citing a lot of other people’s research during your essay.

So why not start with the quotes if you’re writing the humanities particularly your essay is essentially going to be a kind of debate between lots of different ideas so why not pick one of the more contentious ones and you can start your essay with that and follow up by either agreeing or disagreeing with it that way this debate runs all the way through your essay and we guess we get a sense of what it’s going to be from the very start number three tell us about a recent event so part of your job as a researcher or academic or essayist is to explain to us why the subject matter that you’ve chosen is important to us now today and here one great way of communicating this is to start off by letting us know about a recent event that your subject matter or topic can let us know a little bit more about or can explain a little bit better to us perhaps sightings of stingrays have shot up recently or perhaps they’ve dwindled massively.

If your essay is about stingray psychology then perhaps you can tell us a little bit about why that is also if you’re writing a history essay even if you’re writing about like Roman politics you might be able to tell us how that relates to contemporary politics you should always be able to find a way that links the subject matter of your essay from wherever it was about to now or from wherever it’s about to here and if you can start off with that then we’ll instantly know why we should pay attention to what you’ve got to say within your essay number four start with a personal story so presuming you have some kind of choice in what your essay was going to be about there’s probably quite a personal reason what you thought that would be interesting perhaps you’ve loved the Star Wars films ever since your mom or dad’s took you to see them when you were younger perhaps you were staring out the window when you saw a cyclist and you wondered how the bicycle was invented it’s perfectly valid to start your essay by telling us this story many proper bona fide e academic books do this essentially what you’re doing is you are telling us why the subject matter matters to you and therefore kind of allowing us to identify through that often if you can explain to us why is subject matter matters to you.

We will identify that through you and then will care about it as well number five is just start now this may seem obvious but sometimes there is nothing more terrifying than a blank white in front of you it often feels like as soon as you start putting words down that’s the point at which you might put the wrong words down and I often find it very easy to creep back to reading because although even the most difficult books can be quite a difficult time trying to read them it’s definitely nowhere near as exposing as actually doing writing in creative writing there’s this phrase don’t get it right get it written and that’s certainly something I’d apply here in this age of computers is so easy to go back and edit stuff and I think what you’ll find is once you start writing it will eventually become difficult to stop and you can always go back and edit that first line or that second line or any of it again later never be afraid to start writing because if you don’t start then you’ll never finish it’s been the first video kind of essay tips let me know if you’ve enjoyed it down below or perhaps you’ve got some tips how you like to start an essay.

I certainly don’t pretend to be a massive expert be great terminal conversation obviously you like video give a thumbs up and it would be great to see you again with another one these videos sing have a great week.      

Creative Scales

I often tell students that if their practice is boring, it is their fault.

In fact, if just about anything is boring, it’s probably your fault.

Let’s imagine that you decided to jog for one kilometre every day to get fit. Some people do this by running around the same oval each time. The scenery never changes, the challenge never grows. It’s no wonder that they probably give up after only a week or so (if they make it that far).

There are many things you can do to make the jogging more interesting. You can run through different locations. You can run on different surfaces. You can run at different times of the day. You can run against a clock. You can run with a training partner. You can run while you walk your dog.

You can run entirely uphill, or entirely downhill. You can run on soft sand on a beach. You can run through the sprinklers when the local oval is being watered. You can run on a treadmill. You can run backwards, or while listening to music, or while planning your latest novel.

Heck, you can even walk once in awhile. Or hop.

So what can you do with scales apart from just play them up and down and up and down and up and down?

The Opportunities Created by Attending Conventions

Have you ever been to conventions related to your field? Even if the entrance fee of some of these events, particularly the high-profile ones, carry a steep entrance fee, the opportunities created by attending them can do wonders for your freelancing career.

In such a large gathering of like-minded people, you’ll meet interesting people who represent future clients or collaborators. Future clients who are looking for quality talent that can accomplish their projects, or future collaborators who can complement your skill set. You also get to rub shoulders with the best in your profession, and if possible get some advice or ideas from them.

The networking opportunities are immense, and you may find yourself leaving the convention center with a lot of new contacts who can help you advance your career as a contract worker.

Let’s also not forget that many quality conventions actually offer some sort of educational experience. The various speakers what will probably cover the most important topics of your field, or at the very least make you aware of what the industry trends are. Not to mention the common sense of thinking and approach your fellow freelancers take. You can use this info to help yourself stand out from the other attendees, who of course happen to be your competitors. Better yet, any respectable organizer would make a video of the entire event available as part of the package, so you can review everything at your leisure.

By far the biggest opportunity is getting to know the event organizers, and convincing them (hopefully in a subtle manner) of your expertise. Who knows, you might actually find yourself as a speaker for next year’s edition? That will do wonders for your reputation, making you known as an authority in your own field. Just make sure you know how to give great presentations!

5 Ways to Great Ideas

Great ideas are a precious commodity, because if properly executed, they can make anyones work memorable and stand out from the crowd. Since finding them requires exploring new avenues and going beyond old habits, looking for the common factor behind all great ideas is counterproductive. Its infinitely better to focus on the method behind their formulation instead.

Take Your Time

The brain is a messy thing, and it needs time to resolve everything inside into coherent and workable thoughts. While some of the greatest ideas in history come as flashes of inspiration (like Archimedes’ “Eureka!” moment), the reality is that most realizations arent so instant.

Never rush, because this approach naturally makes you go for the easiest route, formulating ideas that are simply straight rehashes of your old ones.

Longterm or largescale projects, such as books, are created from a series of great ideas. Taking your time becomes more crucial in this situation.

Try Something New

Break old habits, experience new things, make yourself uncomfortable. Continue doing the same things, and youll come up with the same ideas.

Get Another Perspective

It can be hard to try something new when youre stuck in your usual way of thinking. And its even harder to break such a pattern of thought. This is the perfect time to consider someone elses perspective, because they may point things out that youve never even thought of.

Review Previous Work

Go over previously accomplished projects may yield some ideas. With some changes, they could potentially suit your current projectsrequirements and actually turn into great ideas.

For instance, a web designer specializing in blog design is asked to create an AdSensefriendly WordPress theme. Instead of coming up with an entirely new approach, he can look through his portfolio and adapt an old project thats been proven to mix ad units effectively with the content.

Adapt Other Great Ideas

Aside from your own work, you can also check out the work of others, especially that of. Ultimately, new great ideas areremixesof previous ones. Take a look at great work, and maybe youll find something you can build on.

Adapting great ideas is also something you should do until youre more confident of your own inventive abilities. David Ogilvy freely admits to copying his idols as he developed his skill and became known as a great copywriter.