In Writing Center tutoring sessions, many tutors devote their time and attention to helping students with their papers’ body rather than the introductory paragraph. While the body of a paper is certainly important, the weight an introduction carries should not be overlooked. Studies show that the quality of an introduction can determine the overall quality of the paper. Furthermore, students who receive instruction and assistance with writing and improving their opening paragraphs perform better on their papers than students who do not. Tutors should dedicate a portion of their tutoring session to working with students on their introductory paragraphs to ensure students understand the significance of having a well-written beginning of their paper.
Bresee, Andrea, "The Importance of Devoting Attention to Students’ Introductory Paragraphs" (2018). Tutor's Column. Paper 21.