how to write a good conclusion for an essay
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This article was co-authored by Megan Morgan, PhD. Megan Morgan is a Graduate Program Academic Advisor in the School of Public & International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Georgia in 2015.
Writing Essay Conclusions
Below are two downloadable resources to guide you when writing essay conclusions. The first is a model which outlines the 4 Golden Rules for Writing an Essay Conclusion. The second is an annotated exemplar of the sample conclusion shown in the video presentation demonstrating the 4 Golden Rules in action.
A conclusion has three sections. First, repeat the thesis statement. It won’t use the exact same words as in your introduction, but it will repeat the point: your overall answer to the question. Then set out your general conclusions, and a short explanation of why they are important.
Finally, draw together the question, the evidence in the essay body, and the conclusion. This way the reader knows that you have understood and answered the question. This part needs to be clear and concise.
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