Introduction of the thesis, this unknown. Some advise writing it right away (even Umberto Eco in his essay “How to do a graduation thesis”), in our opinion of Tesi24 instead it is better to do it immediately after completing the work.
However, get ready: the time has come to give your creativity and originality the utmost! These few pages deserve the sweat of your forehead.
Therefore, write the introduction after finishing the chapters of the thesis: it is very important to take care of the style because it represents the “showcase” of the thesis.
Remember: the first sentence of the thesis should be the best!
INTRODUCTION DEGREE THESIS: HOW TO WRITE IT
To start, you can open with a description of the question you tried to answer in the thesis and the reasons why you think this question is interesting; present in practice the object of your research and the various steps.
Continue with a description of how you decided to respond and the reasons that led you to choose that way.
You then have two alternatives for your introduction:
1) List in detail
In this case, the body of the introduction consists in describing and introducing everything that will be present in the chapters. Therefore, the introduction will take the form of:
“In the first chapter, it was analyzed …, in the second I focused on …”
2) Do not dwell on the details
In an introduction of this kind, in the central body you will need to talk in general about what the thesis will cover without describing the content of each chapter. Therefore, an example of this introduction topology can be, obviously according to the typology of the thesis:
“In today’s scenario … the main changes have been …”;
It then closes with the briefly presented conclusions that you can draw from your initial answer. Usually the introduction is about 2-3 pages.
Avoid the times spent in the Introduction: typically you write it after doing the rest of the work, so it comes naturally to say “In this thesis we have faced the problem of …” or “In this thesis a system has been implemented that …”. But the reader reads the Introduction first, and expects to find the objectives, not the results: then “In this thesis we face the problem of …” or “In this thesis we describe the implementation of a system that … “(Or, if you like it better” In this thesis the problem of … “or” In this thesis we will describe the implementation of a system that … “).
OTHER PRECIOUS ADVICES ON THE INTRODUCTION OF THE DEGREE THESIS
The introduction should be designed and written for a reader who knows only superficially the problems you are dealing with.
You must be able to “strip” of what you have learned during the months of preparation of the thesis and avoid taking for granted the knowledge of technical terms that are not in common use or absolutely elementary.
Try to imagine writing for yourself when you were still the confused student who started his thesis some months before. Whoever reads the introduction must be able to quickly check the actual usefulness of each single part or chapter with respect to the objectives of the work.
Both the introduction and the conclusions must be of few pages and serve more to the others than to you, in the sense that in them you don’t have to add new things in comparison to those already written in the thesis but to give a synthetic and clear picture of the job, useful to an external reader that wanted to get an idea of it, without reading the rest of the pages.