How do I write the introduction for my reflective essay Watch

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I’m writing an essay on my fear of water and I’m not sure if I write an introduction or do I just begin writing.
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I’m writing an essay on my fear of water and I’m not sure if I write an introduction or do I just begin writing.
Hi :hello:

Having been a writing mentor at university, I would recommend always writing an introduction of some kind. An introduction should usually be around 10% of your word count (but can be less), and introduce what you're going to say, the topic, and the structure of your essay.

Introduction can be really useful in helping you structure your essay. if you set out exactly what you will talk about in the introduction, then you can use it as a checklist as you write your paragraphs.

On the other hand, if you prefer to figure out what yo are saying as you write, you can always write the introduction at the end.

I hope this is useful. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Melissa :five:
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I’m writing an essay on my fear of water and I’m not sure if I write an introduction or do I just begin writing.
Since it's a reflective (broadly creative) essay for your folio, you don't need to particularly write an introduction (in the usual sense of the word)...You obviously need to start in some way, but it doesn't necessarily have to be a formal introduction like you might do for your discursive/critical essays. Your first paragraph/few lines should set the scene, but there isn't a specific format this needs to take.
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I wrote my personal last year on overcoming my fear of the sea by going diving and my introduction was very brief, it was almost like a metaphor for the ocean so if you can try to do something that’s a bit creative but relevant it should be good, my portfolio got 26/30 last year so quite a decent mark
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