How to Write a Conclusion

By Shane Watson
In Writer's Corner
Jul 10th, 2009
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A conclusion is the “summing up” of your whole research. No matter how much of a killer your actual examination is, if you write a loose conclusion, you spoil the whole essence. Like a good investigator, you have to clearly delineate the important points during your research that aided in identifying the acquired results.

How to Write a Conclusion in General

A general conclusion for any kind of writing needs an analytical approach and the ability to dissect and screen out. You have to be specific and diagnostic in presenting a conclusive statement. It should explicitly state the analysis that you have reached by drawing on established facts or solid argument. Your closing should encompass the whole study in brief yet giving it a DIRECTIONAL ENDING & FINALE.

Any general conclusion can be simple explained as:

Conclusion = Results Inferred From Data + Results Inferred From Previous Studies + Your Own Analysis

How to Write a Good Conclusion

To write a winsome conclusion you have to be specific, precise and explicit. The more analytically you express your point the much you gather in making an impression. A good conclusion is one that is believable and clearly illustrates the points on which it is based. On the other hand, a random or vague explanation or mere repetition of things doesn’t count as a good conclusion.

How to Write a Conclusion for a Research Paper

Conclusion writing for a generic research paper in short summarizes the whole research by acutely focusing on the main points that lead to the actual result. A standard research paper would allow an elaborative conclusion that can spawn over the length of a few pages. So, you can briefly describe the background of your research topic. Include similar studies conducted in the same area along with their implications. This would also enable you to highlight the deficiencies and indicate further room for further research .

How to Write a Conclusion for an Essay

An essay is a thread of various paragraphs without any distinctive filing under separate headings. To write a conclusion for an essay you need to designate the last two or three paragraphs. Since, essays normally consist of an analytical summing up with a personal opinion over the matter under discussion, hence your conclusion should reflect your point of view.

You can add external evidence like a quote or anecdote but you should NEVER stray from the points discussed in your preceding paragraphs. Essentially, a conclusion for an essay would draw from points already explained or mentioned in the essay. But the only difference is the summing up and extraction of the analysis from them.

How to Write a Conclusion in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Pull together the key points of your thesis and jot them in a rough draft
  2. Note down the main points that back up your research hypothesis or thesis statement i.e. data statistics, analytical findings or review of literature
  3. Summarize and merge them together
  4. Write a rough draft that naturally leads to prove your main hypothesis
  5. Sprinkle it with a relevant quotation or two to give it a literary flavor and in-depth

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