Out of every step to writing an essay, the conclusion paragraph is the most difficult concept to do well. The mistake many writers make is to stop after repeating their thesis idea and summarizing the points of everything they already said. While this should be part of every conclusion, the best conclusions will do more.
The step that is most often missing is to write a transition sentence for the reader to leave the paper comfortably. I typically use one of two methods to do this. I’ll call these (1) waxing poetic and (2) giving a challenge.
The point here is to make a final profound statement about your topic. The end of an essay reviewing a local coffee shop might sound like this:
Research writing also lends itself to poetic style endings:
Waxing poetic is a useful option for purely informative writing.
This involves saying something to motivate your reader to action after they put down your paper. Here’s a different end for the coffee shop paper:
Challenges can also be less direct by not calling out the reader specifically. This will sound a little more like giving a lesson:
Though challenge endings work excellently with informative essays, they are often a better choice than poetic endings for persuasive papers.
Implementing these two methods into your writing will help tie off all your papers with a bow.
(Did you catch me waxing poetic there? How about I challenge you instead?)
Finishing well is too easy to skip, so try including one of these methods in your next paper!