- Step 1: Transition from last body paragraph Write a transition sentence from the last body paragraph that brings the reader back to your original argument.
- Step 2: Restate thesis Restate your thesis in a slightly different way by showing how the main points of your essay either prove or disprove your thesis statement.
- TIP: Be careful not to introduce any new arguments in your conclusion.
- Step 3: Synthesize main points Synthesize or transform your main points by showing how they relate to each other in a larger context. Go for the big picture!
- Step 4: Avoid summarizing Avoid simply summarizing your essay or assuming the reader has made all the connections. Be blatant and clear in your explanations.
- Step 5: Be confident Be confident in your ideas and don't undercut yourself or think you need to apologize for any mistakes in your theory.
- TIP: Remember, the reader only knows as much as you tell them in the essay: you are in control of the argument.
- Step 6: Finish with a quote Finish with a quote or restatement from your introduction or the body of your essay. Feel confident that you now know how to write a convincing conclusion!
- FACT: The average cost of a college education climbed to a new record high of $26,273 for the 2009-2010 school year.
You Will Need
- Thesis statement
- List of main points