How to write a good conclusion to an essay: 5 common advice


A good conclusion works to close your discussion solidly. It must pull everything you have said together so that the reader is satisfied. It needs to finish any unsaid points so that they are closed effectively. Here are some tips that should help do just that.

  • Reiterate on your ideas/statements
  • Show your main thoughts in a new way
  • Invite the future to your paper
  • Watch for catch phrases
  • Enhance the summary

    • Reiterate on your ideas/statements

      Any good essay will have a few strong and good ideas. Bring them back up and enforce them in your conclusion. This will make sure the reader remembers those points. As many people reading essays, they see so many it is easy to forget a good point in any one essay. By reiterating your best and strongest points you ensure they will not forget.

      Show your main thoughts in a new way

      An essay is to bring out knowledge. Showing your points in a new angle that comes to the same point can be very beneficial. By doing this, it shows the depth of your understanding and the strength of your point. The reader has a better chance of agreeing with you. This is more useful in argumentative and research essays, but it can strengthen any essay.

      Invite the future to your paper

      Invite further research on your point. Yes you see it, but maybe not everyone else does. Invite further research to verify your statements which will carry your work into the future. If you are sure that what you said is correct, and previous views are missing a point, then invite them. Nothing is stronger than a person that is confident in their work.

      Watch for catch phrases

      Using catch phrases in the conclusion can ruin all your work. Avoid them. Catch phrases make an essay’s conclusion boring and droll. Such things as “To sum up” are not needed. The reader knows this is the conclusion, telling them that is useless. “And so in conclusion”, again why tell them that? Just get on with your conclusion and write it.

      Enhance the summary

      All conclusions are summaries. Depending on what you are saying, it might be better to enhance your summary. In other words, use a mixture of all the above or devise your own way. But make the summary stand out and be noticed. By doing so, the reader is made to remember everything they read. And they learn a lot more from it. Even throwing in another reference that there was no room for earlier can help. Just do it properly.