The conclusion is the end of
the journey. It looks back on the points you have
shown the reader, and reinforces, but does not
necessarily repeat, the main idea. It also should
create a feeling of ending, a farewell to the
This is your final paragraph, therefore the most
important. This will be the paragraph that is
most fresh in the readers' mind after they put
the term paper down. A good way to form your conclusion
is to reform the introductory paragraph in reverse
form. In other words, have the conclusion contain
the following, in the order written:
- Restate your thesis,
but in different words than before.
- Summarize your three
major points in the body paragraphs.
- Close with a general
statement that reflects insight on your topic.
This paragraph may begin with "In conclusion"
or "To conclude" (although some markers
find these somewhat mundane) or "Clearly"
and often restates the thesis statement in different
words. It may move from there to a general comment
about life, or to a final important point, or
to a suggestion about future action that may be
needed. Some writers like to end with a relevant
quotation, or end with a question, or end with
a prediction or warning. Another concluding technique
is to end with some idea or detail from the beginning
of the essay (thus bringing this idea full circle).
Yet another means of concluding is to end with
an allusion to a historical or mythological figure