Monday, September 27, 2010

Writing the Introduction (Task 1)

In both tasks, the introduction is the most important paragraph since that is what describes what exactly we are describing and comparing in the main body.

Unlike what people say, I feel the introduction is the easiest to write! Let's see how...

The basic principle of writing the introduction for Task 1 is to paraphrase the given statement in the question.
The basic step-by-step keypoints to be noted are:
1. The type of graph
2. The number of graphs
3. What the graph is all about
4. What are the units in which the figures have been calculated.

For example, observe the following question and the sample introduction:

Sample Introduction: The vertical bar graph depicts the reasons for studying based upon the age of students ranging from under 26 to over 49. The data has been calibrated in percentage.

Now, let us understand the introduction.
1. "The vertical bar..." - Here I define the type of the graph.
2. "graph..." - Here I write the number of graphs. Since it's a single one, I write 'graph'
3. "depicts..." - I used a synonym for 'shows'; This is where paraphrase is used.
4. "the reasons for studying based upon the age of students..." - Talking about what the graph is about
5. "ranging from under 26 to over 49..." - Pick up the range from the x-axis
6. "The data has been calibrated in percentage" - This is a standard line; to be used as the last line for majority of the graphs.

2 comments:

  1. "2. "graph..." - Here I write the number of graphs. Since it's a single one, I write 'graph'"

    Why not "I Wrote"?... :P

    -SAN

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