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“There’s no point bothering to write a conclusion” is something I hear quite a lot from my students. “It’s just repeating what you’ve already said”, “It’s a waste of time” and other such phrases are often uttered in my classes. Of course, these opinions are all wrong!


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Here’s why:

Writing a conclusion is so important for finalising and summarising your thoughts and ideas on a topic. The essay isn’t about random bits of information all cobbled together. It’s about you, your opinion, your ideas, and your thesis ( personal response to the question). Conclusions give you a chance to reiterate and even adapt or expand on the thesis you created in the Introduction so that you arrived at a reasoned and persuasive conclusion to your thoughts on the matter. They also give you a chance to put your strongest thoughts and ideas again, in a condensed form, so the reader can be even more impressed by your answer. Regardless of the type of essay or even the subject, a conclusion is fundamental and without it, you will be dropping marks.

See my video on conclusions here:

HOW TO WRITE A CONCLUSION

  • Re-read the essay, find the thesis + strongest ideas
  • Find thoughtful, sensitive interpretations
  • Find personal engagement / opinions
  • Combine your strongest ideas together and restructure into a conclusion

Check this “An Inspector Calls” Full Mark Essay L9 / A* grade, and pay attention to how the conclusion is written, then use that as a starting point in writing your own conclusion.


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