How to Create an Outstanding Essay Conclusion
Being in school comes with advantages and responsibilities and one of them is the fact that, sooner or later, you will have to produce your own writing pieces. Regardless of whether it will be a term paper or an essay, you will most likely find it difficult at first to actually put your thoughts and your knowledge in writing. However, as you grow more accustomed with what academic writing really is, you will also start to like writing essays and papers for various subjects.
Writing an essay can be quite tricky (if not the trickiest thing about academic writing). On the one hand, this has to be a piece of writing that uses a formal style (because it is academic). On the other hand though, you will also have to express your personal opinion on something, which makes it very easy to fall into the trap of writing in a more informal style than you would like to. Thus, you have to find the perfect balance between the two main characteristics of an essay.
Every essay out there should have 3 main parts: the introduction (which should also contain your clearly stated opinion on something), the contents (which should always contain arguments that sustain your opinion) and the conclusion (which brings everything together in a shorter form).
Writing the conclusion can be tricky as well, especially since it provides you with the “chance” of falling into the trap of becoming repetitive. However, if you follow some very simple tips, you will be able to write a conclusion that is worthy of a big grade.
- Make sure you do not forget about those “magic” linking words. Using “In conclusion”, “Thus” and other conclusive words or structures will introduce the reader into the last part of your essay.
- Reinforce your opinion, but try not to use the first person pronouns and verbs. Instead of “This is why I think capital punishment should not exist”, simply say “This is why capital punishment should not exist”. You have made it clear enough up to the point that this is a personal opinion and you do not need to remind this to the reader during the conclusion. Even more, avoiding this personal markers will make you sound stronger and more authoritative – which is exactly what you need for your conclusion.
- Do not simply re-write the arguments and the thesis. Try to put them differently, to be original. Otherwise, you may become redundant and that is something no reader will enjoy seeing.
- Put a lot of emphasis on the way you write your very last sentence. This should be a strong one that will remain with the reader. When adequate, you can use irony. Otherwise, go for strong statements and maybe for an invitation to further study.