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A good conclusion closes the essay. It refocuses the
thesis (without repeating it) and leaves a lasting impression upon the
- 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
- Consider the implications: interpret the facts or
evaluate the evidence for the reader.
- Find a solution.
- Call for action: make a specific suggestion for
- 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.