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How to Write an Impressive Conclusion to Your Essay

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It is said that the beginning of your essay or any other written piece makes the first impression and defines whether your piece is worth reading. We have already covered the topic of a catchy introduction to your essay, which you should check out. But what about your conclusion?

The ending of your essay is the part that leaves an aftertaste and defines the opinion that your reader will make about your piece. So, when it comes to a professor who is reading your essay, you obviously want to give a good impression and earn a high grade. Of course, even the greatest conclusion won’t save you if your main paragraphs are, to be frank, bad IN this case you might prefer turning to a professional service to edit your work or write it from scratch). However, it can add a few points to your essay, improving your grade.

So, here are some tips for writing a powerful and impressive conclusion that we have found for you.

1. Restate Your Main Point

It’s not a rare case when students forget about their main ideas and thesis statement points when they get to the conclusion. Basically, when the ending of an assignment is that close, all you can think about is finishing it as soon as possible and hitting the required word count.

However, your reader might lose the point too and be confused with what your essay was actually about. In order to avoid a situation like that, it’s essential to summarize your findings and results.

For example, you can go back to your thesis statement and restate it again in your conclusion. But don’t just copy it word for word. Putting the same sentences in your essay or any other academic work is a serious mistake. If you want to touch the subject once again without sounding repetitive, change the form and wording of the original sentence.

Let’s say you have a thesis statement that sounds something like this:

“Fashion is one of the most profitable and influencing niches due to its strong visuals and constant changing, which tricks people into thinking that they have to buy new and ‘trendy’ clothes in order to match the society.”

When you get to the conclusion part, you can transform this sentence into:

“Trends are dictated not by the needs of society as a whole, but by the small number of people who do not have their interests in satisfying the demand but rather making fashion a way to gain power.”

So, this is how you can have the main idea of your essay formed into one sentence and restated in your conclusion without having to repeat yourself. That is what makes your essay look complete and adds clarity to your work.

2. Pose a Question

Asking a question at the end of the written piece is a common literary practice. It not only gives a great impression as it directly speaks to a reader, but it also makes him or her more involved in the piece.

Why is it great to use the same tactic for your essay? They help your readers to get a new perspective on the topic and grab their attention, making your essay more memorable.

For example, you can end your essay with something like:

We hear about the waste problem so often nowadays, that it might seem even banal. But what if the banalest things are the most important?”


When it comes to social norms, they seem established centuries ago. So, it’s not surprising that it’s hard for us to believe that ordinary things and traditions used to be very different from what we know now. But what are norms anyway?”

3. Suggest a Solution or Perspective

It’s always great when an essay not only studies a problem and its reasons but also can describe a perspective for further studies or ways to solve the problem. If your conclusion can perform a look into the future, it gives a reader a base for further thinking and sticks better in their memory.

What suggestions can you put into your conclusion? Let’s look at the example:

It’s often said that preventing crime is the right way to make one more step to a Utopian society. However, nowadays it’s hard to imagine a system that would be that effective and able not only to analyze and gather various data but also build links and correlations. AI technologies can be the solution that we are looking for.”

How to Build a Conclusion

What makes a great essay? A powerful introduction? Detailed and structured body paragraphs? A strong conclusion? Well, each of these parts matter. However, logical flow and the transition from one part to another are also essential.

So, when you end your body paragraph, don’t cut them. Put a transition sentence that will show that your essay is coming to an end.

For example:

Of course, the way we approach freelancing will change with time. It’s not impossible that it will be completely gone, though now it’s hard to imagine such a scenario due to its popularity.”

After the transition sentence, you can start your conclusion with a new paragraph. Stick to the general form of an essay paragraph:

1. A topic sentence. This is the sentence that helps a reader understand what the paragraph will be about. It’s important to use such topic sentences every time you start a new paragraph as they give your essay a logical flow and help tie all the parts together while making reading easier.

2. A supporting sentence. This is where you can put the summary of your work. Highlight the main points and findings, putting the strongest and most relevant first. Explain how your ideas and findings fit into the concept.

3. The closing sentence. Close your essay with final words.

So, these are the best tips on how to write a compelling and impressive conclusion. We hope you find them useful!

How to Write a Conclusion that Satisfies Your Reader

Conclusions, how to write them in such a way that your reader feels grateful, thankful, relieved and satisfied…dare I say privileged?

While it’s impossible to please everyone, there are methods writers have been using for some time now that may be of assistance. Whether you’re a novelist, journalist, student, internet marketer or blogger it doesn’t matter. Everyone knows how important conclusions are, and readers carry certain expectations with them when they arrive. They expect to be satisfied.

How to Write a Conclusion

We’ll begin with the most powerful tip first and then work our way down the list.

Tip #1: Consume 10 Amazing & Relevant Conclusions

Go out and get ten of the most prolific works relevant to whatever subject you intend to write about. Be specific and go straight to the contemporary title holders. What niche are you writing in and for? Who is your audience and who do they feel are the authoritative wordsmiths?

Example #1: If you’re an Urban Fantasy writer with a thing for Vampire love triangles and eBook series, then go straight to the top 10 in Amazon’s “free” bestseller list. There are always new big hitters in every genre on the Free Kindle Boards. Wait, they’ve got 500 reviews? What are their conclusions like and what are their readers saying about them?

Example #2: If you’re an online affiliate marketer (where conclusions and final calls to action mean success or failure) then it’s simple. Who are the best affiliates for any given product? Find the 10 most highly rated affiliate articles in Google first page search results and devour them. How did they build up to the end? Why did they get such an incredible amount of comments and social media engagement?

This exercise conveys truths and experience to you that nothing else can compete with. It’s experimental knowledge, rather than something purely conceptual. The trick is sticking to your genre or niche, so you can clearly see what’s working.

Tip #2: Connect the Dots Backwards

Steve Jobs was one of the men who brought this concept into the tech-savvy culture. Start from the end user-experience, the ideal model, and work your way backwards. The Academy Award-winning screenwriter and American novelist John Irving is known for beginning all of his novels with the last sentence.

Why not start from the ending and work your way backwards? Now, Mr. Irving certainly doesn’t write novels in reverse. But, when it comes to wire-framing and mentally outlining what you plan to accomplish, you can feasibly make the first thing you write the last line, paragraph or final scene.

  • The deeper and more real you make it, the more powerful your overall perception of the total task will be. With the ending always completely in focus, everything else is influenced.
  • Become the reader and feel what you want them to feel. See what you want them to see. Visualize it until you know your exact destination.

Tip #3: Progressively Deepen Involvement & Connection

Some might argue that by the time readers arrive at your conclusion over half of the heavy lifting should be done. It’s about effectively building momentum at a rate that neither bores nor mentally fatigues them.

  • Objectively, where does the conclusion really begin? It’s hard to say when you get to thinking about it. Especially if you begin your work with the last sentence.
  • There are countless writing techniques at your disposal to deepen the reader’s personal, imaginative and emotional investment in the writing. Use and personalize them.

See your writing as a step by step process that should consistently and systematically build up tension. Conclusions are always where readers know they’re headed. They just don’t know what to expect. Speaking of which…

Tip #4: Give Them the Unexpected

Professional public speakers are the first to tell you that it’s the presence they leave on the stage when they’re done that makes all the difference. For most of the people in that audience, the last few minutes are the ones they’ll remember the longest. Those and the first couple.

Drop some intellectual napalm out of nowhere! Set fire to what, by design, you had them expecting. This is either going to sway them so deeply they’ll bow at your proverbial feet, or they’ll ash out, cursing, wailing…and they’ll never forget what you wrote for the rest of their lives.

Either way the impression is solidified. If that’s one of your goals, similar to a public speaker’s, then this is definitely a reliable method to consider.

Tip #5: Whenever Possible, Make Closure Bittersweet

Obviously this won’t apply to everyone, but whenever you can add a little pinch you should do so. Bittersweet is closer to reality. It seems more authentic. We crave closure, hope for the best, but understand that oftentimes even the most amazing and fulfilling closure can come with a price.