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A good conclusion closes the essay. It refocuses the thesis (without repeating it) and leaves a lasting impression upon the reader.

  • Write a summary conclusion: goes over the main ideas stated in body and restates the thesis statement.  If the paper is two pages or under, one or two sentences will suffice. Key words, as "finally," "in short,", "thus," and "therefore" may be used. If the essay is longer, 3 or more sentences will suffice. Words, such as "to sum up," "lastly," "on the whole," "as I have said," and "in conclusion" may be used.
  • Consider the implications: interpret the facts or evaluate the evidence for the reader.
  • Find a solution.
  • Call for action: make a specific suggestion for action.
  • Close with an insightful look backward: tie things together with an insight about your central point.
  • Close with a question: by forcing your readers to answer the question, you "win" the argument.
  • Close with a quotation: this technique embeds your main point in the reader's memory.

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