Conclusion of an essay

Conclusion of an essay

How to End an Essay

The final paragraph of an essay is what ties the piece together into a single, cohesive whole. Coming up with a good ending can be tricky, but understanding what elements it should and shouldn’t have will help you craft a stellar conclusion worthy of nothing less than an A+.

Steps Edit

Part One of Three:
Brainstorming Your Conclusion Edit

Part Two of Three:
Writing the Conclusion Edit

Part Three of Three:
Avoiding Common Pitfalls Edit

Community Q&A

  • If your teacher wants a specific essay structure, you will probably want to end your paragraphs with a sentence that summarizes the main point, or in the intro, your thesis statement. If you have more freedom you might focus on leading naturally into the ideas of the next paragraph or you may end the paragraph when you feel you have made your point. You can also think of paragraphs like a slight pause in a conversation between topics. Read your paper aloud and make the paragraph breaks when it feels like a good place to pause (this will be easier for native English speakers). If you find all this confusing, your best bet is to just summarize the paragraph.
  • An argumentative essay means a written debate. You are going to debate your points on a specific statement. Go for double sided statements. For example, «Homework is helpful, but under some circumstances, it poses a hazard.» Such statements prove that you believe you are correct, but acknowledge that other opinions exist. This is a perfect way to end an argumentative essay.
  • Elaborate on them by giving an example for each point, one sentence each. Read other conclusions to essays to help you to get a better feel for them rather than over-focusing on construction perfection — learning by seeing other conclusions often works best.
  • One great way to start the conclusion of an essay is to restate your thesis, but it depends on the content of the essay and what you want your reader to take away from the essay.
  • The conclusion is a reverse process of the introduction. Start with the thesis statement (write it in a different way), then summarize your points. Remember you can only write what supports your body paragraphs, not what’s in the body paragraphs themselves.
  • First, start with a small transition, then briefly summarize some of the main points, after that be sure to work your thesis statement into the conclusion in one way or another. Finally, end with a flourish. Your last sentence should be elegant, to the point and proactive.
  • You could simply say what the reader (or you) learned about the planet from your essay. You provided information throughout your essay and the conclusion wraps it up.
  • This will largely depend on the level of history that you are working on and the type of essay you are writing. However, a good conclusion will generally involve a restatement of the thesis that you began your essay with and will leave the reader with a few final thoughts related to the essay’s subject.
  • Follow the guidelines in the article. Briefly summarize the main ideas/arguments you discussed in your essay. Acknowledge that there are some good arguments for the opposite position, but that the arguments for your position are more numerous or more compelling. If you want, highlight one point you find especially important. You can end by connecting everything to a broader context, e. g., «Doing X will help ensure we have a world where Y» or something along those lines.
  • Talk about the impact he/she has made on the world, and how it affects/affected other people’s lives.

Quick Summary

When you’re ready to end your essay, write a final paragraph that summarizes the main points of your body paragraphs and ties them back to your thesis statement. Keep this paragraph between 5 and 7 sentences long, and end it with an ironic statement, emotional comment, or call to action that illustrates the main theme of the essay. The final paragraph should pack a punch, so avoid bogging it down with new ideas or content.

How to End an Essay

The final paragraph of an essay is what ties the piece together into a single, cohesive whole. Coming up with a good ending can be tricky, but understanding what elements it should and shouldn’t have will help you craft a stellar conclusion worthy of nothing less than an A+.

Steps Edit

Part One of Three:
Brainstorming Your Conclusion Edit

Part Two of Three:
Writing the Conclusion Edit

Part Three of Three:
Avoiding Common Pitfalls Edit

Community Q&A

  • If your teacher wants a specific essay structure, you will probably want to end your paragraphs with a sentence that summarizes the main point, or in the intro, your thesis statement. If you have more freedom you might focus on leading naturally into the ideas of the next paragraph or you may end the paragraph when you feel you have made your point. You can also think of paragraphs like a slight pause in a conversation between topics. Read your paper aloud and make the paragraph breaks when it feels like a good place to pause (this will be easier for native English speakers). If you find all this confusing, your best bet is to just summarize the paragraph.
  • An argumentative essay means a written debate. You are going to debate your points on a specific statement. Go for double sided statements. For example, «Homework is helpful, but under some circumstances, it poses a hazard.» Such statements prove that you believe you are correct, but acknowledge that other opinions exist. This is a perfect way to end an argumentative essay.
  • Elaborate on them by giving an example for each point, one sentence each. Read other conclusions to essays to help you to get a better feel for them rather than over-focusing on construction perfection — learning by seeing other conclusions often works best.
  • One great way to start the conclusion of an essay is to restate your thesis, but it depends on the content of the essay and what you want your reader to take away from the essay.
  • The conclusion is a reverse process of the introduction. Start with the thesis statement (write it in a different way), then summarize your points. Remember you can only write what supports your body paragraphs, not what’s in the body paragraphs themselves.
  • First, start with a small transition, then briefly summarize some of the main points, after that be sure to work your thesis statement into the conclusion in one way or another. Finally, end with a flourish. Your last sentence should be elegant, to the point and proactive.
  • You could simply say what the reader (or you) learned about the planet from your essay. You provided information throughout your essay and the conclusion wraps it up.
  • This will largely depend on the level of history that you are working on and the type of essay you are writing. However, a good conclusion will generally involve a restatement of the thesis that you began your essay with and will leave the reader with a few final thoughts related to the essay’s subject.
  • Follow the guidelines in the article. Briefly summarize the main ideas/arguments you discussed in your essay. Acknowledge that there are some good arguments for the opposite position, but that the arguments for your position are more numerous or more compelling. If you want, highlight one point you find especially important. You can end by connecting everything to a broader context, e. g., «Doing X will help ensure we have a world where Y» or something along those lines.
  • Talk about the impact he/she has made on the world, and how it affects/affected other people’s lives.

Quick Summary

When you’re ready to end your essay, write a final paragraph that summarizes the main points of your body paragraphs and ties them back to your thesis statement. Keep this paragraph between 5 and 7 sentences long, and end it with an ironic statement, emotional comment, or call to action that illustrates the main theme of the essay. The final paragraph should pack a punch, so avoid bogging it down with new ideas or content.

Conclusion of an essay

The function of the essay’s Conclusion is to restate the main argument. It reminds the reader of the strengths of the argument: that is, it reiterates the most important evidence supporting the argument. Make sure, however, that your conclusion is not simply a repetitive summary as this reduces the impact of the argument you have developed in your essay. The conclusion provides a forum for you to persuasively and succinctly restate your thesis given the reader has now been presented with all the information about the topic. Depending on the discipline you are writing in, the concluding paragraph May also contain a reflection on the evidence presented, or on the essay’s thesis. The nature of the reflection will depend on your topic (Woodward-Kron, 1997) but questions such as these may be considered:

What is the significance of your findings?
What are the implications of your conclusions for this topic and for the broader field?
Are their any limitations to your approach?
Are there any other factors of relevance that impact upon the topic but fell outside the scope of the essay?
Are their any suggestions you can make in terms of future research?

The conclusion should match the introduction in terms of the ideas presented and the argument put forward. Sometimes you will find that the process of writing has changed what you have argued and so it will be necessary to go back and reword the introduction. Finally, the conclusion is not the place in your essay to introduce new information or new ideas: these should be in the body of your essay.

Example of an essay conclusion 1

Essay Question:: Italy on the eve of 1860 has often been described as an unlikely nation. Why?

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