Transitioning smoothly from one sentence or paragraph to the next can be the difference between a paper that's just okay to one that really rocks. The single best thing you can do to help improve the flow of your writing is to read your essay out loud. Listen for places where your writing sounds choppy or disjointed.
Once you've identified places where your transitions are a little weak, there are certain words and phrases you can use to help strengthen the connection between sentences or paragraphs. Look at the italicized words in the following sentences.
The main character worships her. Later, his adoration turns to hatred.
Hamlet disdained Ophelia. As a result, she killed herself.
The plan is too expensive. Furthermore, it won't work.
Want more? Here are some more transition words and phrases grouped according to the relationship that they signal:
Contrast: but, however, nevertheless, on the contrary, on the other hand
Similarity: similarly, in the same way, equally important
Consequence: accordingly, as a result, consequently, therefore
Summary and conclusion: altogether, finally, in conclusion, in short, to summarize