How to Write A Conclusion of An Essay

Overview

As you set out to write your conclusion and end your essay on an insightful note, you’ll want to start by restating your thesis. Since the thesis is the central idea of your entire essay

What your conclusion should include

Ask yourself: “So what?” Add perspective  Consider the clincher

Ask yourself: “So what?” 

At some point in your life, a teacher has probably told you that the end of an essay should answer the question “So what?” or “Why does it matter?” 

Add perspective 

If you’ve come across a fantastic quote in your research that didn’t quite make it into the essay, the conclusion is a great spot for it.

Consider the clincher

At the very end of the essay comes your closing sentence or clincher. As you think about how to write a good conclusion, the clincher must be top of mind. 

What your conclusion should not include

Avoid phrases like “in summary,” “in conclusion,” or “to sum up.” Readers know they’re at the end of the essay and don’t need a signpost. 

What your conclusion should not include

Avoid introducing brand new ideas or evidence. This will only confuse readers and sap force from your arguments. 

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