If you wrote at least a couple of essays, you know that that they have a similar structure. Any essay consists of three parts: Introduction, the Body, and the Conclusion. The Body is the major part of the text where you actually write your essay. However, the Introduction and Conclusion play the main part in leaving an impression.
Writing the Introduction and the Conclusion of the essay are the most difficult tasks which a student has to do. You may be an expert on the subject. You may offer excellent statements and support them with the weightiest arguments. Unfortunately, this has a little to do with writing the opening and the closing part of your essay. You will find the recommendation “to write a strong ending” in many guides on composing essays, but fewer articles can explain how to write this strong ending.
We have compiled the best recommendations for doing this task in this post. So, stay here and read further. We’ll explore the most efficient methods of writing a great ending for your essay.
Think of the points for the conclusion
It is logical to write the ending of the essay when the main Body part is completed. By the way, this is the best time to write an Introduction as well. When you have your essay, re-read it. First, you will need to check it for grammar and other mistakes. Then, you need to make sure that all parts are logically connected, and that your ideas are displayed.
At this step, you can apprehend your essay as a whole. So, now you can conclude it.
- Revise the text and formulate your main statements once more. Think about how you can make them even stronger. Just imagine your audience, other students and teachers reading your paper or listening to the text when you present it in front of the class. Even if you made sure to pick up the arguments, what if they did not impress the audience? Consider more points that can enforce them.
- A good method is to return to the beginning of the story. Define your “cornerstone” which you used to base your statements and arguments on. Reveal it again in the Conclusion and stress that you were right about that.
- Turn to the thesis statement again, as there you listed the main ideas of your work. Check if you explored them diligently.
- Select the most important things and write them down separately. Then try to compile a short paragraph with these ideas. You can rewrite sentences from the Body part if they describe your concepts. Just make sure to paraphrase them and choose more powerful words.
- You will need some expressive literacy means here to make an impression on the audience. Concerning the whole text, this method will remind them of your ideas and underline the general plotline.
- You should not include new information into the Conclusion – it is the general rule for all essays. Still, there is another useful trick: imagine your work in context. If you wrote about some outstanding personality, stress his or her achievements and their impact on society. If you dedicated your essay to some event, consider which consequences it had.
Useful tips for the Conclusion
You’ve defined the essence of the essay. Now you have a draft of what you want to tell at the ending of that paper. Pay attention to the following points:
- Make the transition from the Body to the Conclusion. It could be a sentence or two only, or even a couple of words. This transition aims to assure the smooth connection of all parts of an essay. However, if the closing part is the logical consequence of the thesis statement and arguments, you can omit the transition.
- Consider the size of the Conclusion. It is a relatively short fragment of the text, but there are no definite rules on how many sentences it should include. Statistically, the optimal size of the ending part of college essays is about 6-7 sentences. This is enough to mention the main ideas and add some “coloring”. If you make it longer, this can look excessive.
- Stress your rightness. You proved yourself an expert while working on the Body, didn’t you? That is what you did the researches and found trustworthy evidence for. So, now you have all the rights to use some authoritative words and phrases.
- Think of ending the essay in style. You need to consider the last sentence of the text in detail. Choose which words you use in it and in which order – you might experiment with this. Choose the most meaningful and polished phrases.
- Use irony – it is a good way to get a positive reaction from the audience. If you choose some ironical statement to end the essay, you invite the listeners or readers to share this smile with you.
- Be emotional. Even if you explore serious scientific themes, you write an essay, not a statistical report. Essay form wants that you be yourself and offer your ideas, convictions, and emotions. This does not mean that you need to turn your essay into a poem, of course. Still, you can benefit from showing that you care about the things you wrote about.
- Put the call to action into the last sentence. It is not a universal recommendation – it depends on the theme of your essay and its type. However, if you write about the necessity to change something, to oppose some negative trends or support some ideas, this option will work.
Things to avoid in the Conclusion
- Don’t use the same phrases and sentences throughout the text. Vary your language choice. When you refer to the starting points of your essay to “drag” them to the Conclusion part, don’t copy and paste. Using the same words is not a decent strategy, especially for a short essay. Your audience will most likely remember these words, and repetition might provoke their negative feedback.
- Don’t apologize. Your essay is the result of your serious work, you put enough effort into it. So, present it with dignity. Don’t show doubts or weaknesses. Avoid phrases like “it is only my opinion” or “I am not an expert, but”.
- Don’t use citations in the ending (though they are good for the opening part). Present your thoughts.
- Don’t “voice” the enumerated order of statements. Consider literacy means to make the conclusion clearer instead.
- Look for the synonyms for the most standard transition phrases like “in conclusion”. It is better to describe the meaning in other words, for example, “coming to the final of this story”.
- Pay attention to the vocabulary. You don’t want your text to sound primitively with the most widely-used simple words, by no means. Still, you should not apply sophisticated words with obscure meaning. The language should be clean and readable, it should be easy and interesting to apprehend the story. Don’t make it dull or too complex.
Composing a hit ending of an essay will still depend on you only. It might take time to work this short, but very important part of the text out. However, with our recommendations, it should be easier for you. Try to end an essay in such a way to impress yourself – and you will make a great impression upon your audience.