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09/04/2019

How to write a conclusion?

QUESTION
How to write a conclusion?
For coursework I had to interview a friend and write about it. How do I write a conclusion for an interview?

ANSWER
The introduction should reflect on the article in general, and also frame the interviewee in some way. Many writers will avoid giving boring facts in the first paragraph. The conclusion often refers back to the introduction, or to some interesting part of the interview, and sometimes gives a look ahead to the interviewee’s future plans.

A writer needs to keep in mind that the conclusion is often what a reader remembers best. Your conclusion should be the best part of your paper. A conclusion should stress the importance of the thesis statement, give the essay a sense of completeness, and leave a final impression on the reader.

Suggestions

•Answer the question “So What?”
Show your readers why this paper was important. Show them that your paper was meaningful and useful.

•Synthesize, don’t summarize
Don’t simply repeat things that were in your paper. They have read it. Show them how the points you made and the support and examples you used were not random, but fit together.

•Redirect your readers
Give your reader something to think about, perhaps a way to use your paper in the “real” world. If your introduction went from general to specific, make your conclusion go from specific to general. Think globally.

•Create a new meaning
You don’t have to give new information to create a new meaning. By demonstrating how your ideas work together, you can create a new picture. Often the sum of the paper is worth more than its parts.

Strategies

•Echoing the introduction
Echoing your introduction can be a good strategy if it is meant to bring the reader full-circle. If you begin by describing a scenario, you can end with the same scenario as proof that your essay was helpful in creating a new understanding.

•Challenging the reader
By issuing a challenge to your readers, you are helping them to redirect the information in the paper, and they may apply it to their own lives.

•Looking to the future
Looking to the future can emphasize the importance of your paper or redirect the readers’ thought process. It may help them apply the new information to their lives or see things more globally.

•Posing questions
Posing questions, either to your readers or in general, may help your readers gain a new perspective on the topic, which they may not have held before reading your conclusion. It may also bring your main ideas together to create a new meaning.