Writer's WebWriting Effective Conclusions

A conclusion provides a thoughtful end to a piece of writing; unfortunately, many conclusions in college-level papers are little more than summaries of what has already been said.

Here are a few tips to make conclusions more interesting. You may wish to check with your professor about specific recommendations in your field of study; many fields have specific formats for conclusions and other parts of essays, research reports, and experiments. The points below are most applicable to papers in the humanities:

Avoid:

Conclude an essay with one or more of the following:

Try to refer to the introductory paragraph, either with key words or parallel concepts and images.

 

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