What Is a Conclusion Statement?
Conclusion means the end or finish of an event in progress. While it can be difficult at times, writing a strong conclusion for both research papers, essays and speeches is the best way to leave your reader with a memorable, complete sense of the overall argument. Below are some aspects to help you better understand what a conclusion is, and how to create a strong and memorable one.
Writing a strong conclusion is the best way to leave your reader with a memorable, complete sense of the overall argument
Restatement of Thesis
The conclusion paragraph should restate the thesis using different words. To be most effective it is recommended that the writer use language that "echoes" but does not duplicate language used throughout the paper. This technique makes it more likely that your reader will remember the main argument presented in your work, since it will now be at the beginning and end of your essay or speech.
Summary and Synthesis
The conclusion paragraph should also include a brief summary of the main points of the arguments made throughout the paper. This should not just be a regurgitation of information the reader has already encountered. Rather, this part of the conclusion should demonstrate how those main arguments fit together and why they are relevant to one another.
Things to Avoid
The thesis should not appear for the first time in your conclusion. This paragraph is also not the time to introduce new arguments or topics. In general, try to make sure that the language and arguments in the conclusion are not opposed to those in the rest of the writing.
Use your conclusion to tie up any loose ends that may still be in your paper. Your conclusion should be an asset to your work, not a detriment in any way.
An effective concluding paragraph should leave the reader with a clear sense of finality. Called a "call to action" in persuasive essays, this final thought should be as attention grabbing as the introductory sentence at the beginning of the writing.
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