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Thesis tips: writing your conclusion in 3 steps

People who follow writing trends notice that the conclusion often gets ignored. Yes, it is important to have a strong beginning and powerful examples when writing an essay. It is also important to provide a substantial closing to any piece of writing. No one likes to be left hanging at the end of an informational or argumentative piece of writing, so it is necessary to write a thesis. Fortunately, writing a conclusion only involves three steps and they are rather easy to follow.

Step One: Restate the claim. The first part of the thesis should restate the claim that you have been supporting throughout the thesis. The keyword is “restate,” which means that you do not write the claim exactly the way you wrote it in the introduction, but to craft the same idea using new words. By restating the claim, your readers will be reminded of what you are trying to prove. Your restated claim does not have to be just one sentence, like the original claim should be.

Step Two: Restate the main points. After you have restated your claim, look back at your thesis and decide what you would like to restate. Like restating the claim, you rewrite these main points using different words while still maintaining the essence of the ideas. You do not need to rewrite every single point that you made; you only need to rewrite the major points that you would like the readers to remember the most.

Step Three: Wrap it up. The final part of the conclusion can do a few different things depending on the focus of your claim. Many writers like to encourage the reader by providing a call to action at the end of the thesis. This is a powerful way to get readers to start acting on the ideas that the writer created. Other writers will continue the restating trend with a reconnection to the hook. This style of closing the thesis brings the piece full circle.

A well-written conclusion will keep readers engaged throughout your essay. When writers forget to include a conclusion or neglect the conclusion, readers will notice because the thesis will end too abruptly. It may seem like a redundancy to keep restating main points and claims, but writers should know that basic repetition is important to helping people learn. Fully completing a thesis shows readers that you are committed to your claim.