How to Writing a Good Conclusion

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Conclusions are often the most difficult part of an essay to write, and many writers feel that they have nothing left to say after having written the paper. A writer needs to keep in mind that the conclusion is often what a reader remembers best. Your conclusion should be the best part of your paper.

The conclusion is often simply one concluding paragraph, although in longer works, such as books, it might be many paragraphs or even pages long. The conclusion provides a sense of closure – that the interest or question “opened” by the introduction has now been “closed” by the body of the paper. The concluding paragraph makes it clear how this is true, and uses some way of indicating the completeness of the writing.

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A conclusion is a proposition inferred: To infer is to draw a conclusion. To infer that X is true; an inference is the conclusion draw from a set of facts or circumstances. Much of the study of logical explores the validity or invalidity of inferences and implication.

Conclusions are often the most difficult part of an essay to write, and many writers feel that they have nothing left to say after having written the paper. A writer needs to keep in mind that the conclusion is often what a reader remembers best. Your conclusion should be the best part of your paper.

A conclusion should:

Stress the importance of the thesis statement,
Give the essay a sense of completeness, and
Leave a final impression on the reader.

Suggestions:

Answer the question “So what?” Show your readers why this paper was important. Show them that your paper was meaningful and useful.
Synthesize, don’t summarize. Don’t simply repeat things that were in your paper. They have read it. Show them how the points you made and the support and examples you used were not random, but fit together.
Redirect your readers. Give your reader something to think about, perhaps a way to use your paper in the “real” world. If your introduction went from general to specific, make your conclusion go from specific to general. Think globally.

Create a new meaning. You don’t have to give new information to create a new meaning. By demonstrating how your ideas work together, you can create a new picture. Often the sum of the paper is worth more than its parts.

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