Transitions

Transitions can also be called a “signal words”. They serve as cues to the reader that you are changing paragraphs or ideas. In most pieces of writing, a transition needs to be placed in the first sentence of each paragraph. This signals that you are moving on to the next point in your thesis. Here are some common transition words:

Sequence or Addition

Again, also, and, besides, finally, first…second…third, furthermore, in addition, last, moreover, next, one…another, still, too

Time

Afterward, as soon as, at first, at the same time, before, earlier, eventually, finally, immediately, in the meantime, later, meanwhile, next, now, simultaneously, since, soon, subsequently, then, until

Comparison

Also, likewise, in comparison, in the same way, similarly

Contrast

Although, but, conversely, despite, even though, however, in contrast, instead, nevertheless, nonetheless, on the contrary, on the one hand…, on the other hand…, still, whereas, yet

Examples

For example, for instance, in fact, namely, specifically, that is, thus

Conclusion or Summary

As a result, in conclusion, in short, in summary, therefore, thus

Cause and Effect

As a result, because, consequently, since, so, then, therefore