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Compare and Contrast Essay Tips: Catching Reader's Attention

We are all familiar with comparison essays. Such essays require students to compare and contrast certain viewpoints, topics, and products against one another. While it not a competition to see what product or argument is better than the other, it allows you to see both the positives and negatives associated with each. Seeing this information will guide the reader on making an educated decision either way.

The concept behind such a paper is easy enough to understand, but it may not be easy to construct for some. If you are having a hard time coming up with the perfect comparison paper, you should follow some of these tips that will help you capture the reader’s attention.

Setting Up the proper structure

A good comparison paper starts with a good structure. You can use one of two structures when crafting this sort of essay. The first way is by telling the reader about one topic, product, viewpoint, and then comparing it to another. The other way it can be structures is by categorizing points and comparing and contrasting each topic, product, or viewpoint, by category. Comparison by category is often the best choice and will help to capture your reader’s attention better.

A Crafty Introduction

The whole purpose of the article is to deliver information to your audience, but you can’t do that if you do not capture their attention. Capturing the attention is important so that you can help deliver information that may be relevant to them about a product, service, or topic they have a vested interest in. It is your job to keep their attention. You should start capturing their attention in the first line of your paper, and the title. Use a hook that will reel them in. Make sure to note during other parts of the paper, why the information is relevant to them. Make them feel vested in the topics, products, viewpoints that are being discussed.

During your paper you need to use good transitions that will help you go from one point to another, Great transition words are after all, against, although, but, etc. You must also use easy to understand language that is crafted well. Use mid-level wording and try not to be too elementary in your descriptions. Lastly you want to be descriptive, but be sure you aren’t too wordy in your paper, as it may distract the reader from the main points.