The essay conclusion helps complete your piece of writing. This guide, taken from my bestselling book How to Write a Perfect Essay, will teach how how to conclude an essay in a strong and powerful manner, whilst only using a few short sentences. Each of the ‘3 parts’ to writing an essay conclusion will be explained here, with examples given to illustrate the points being made.
The Essay Conclusion
Conclusions should always have 3 parts:
- Answer the question
- Summarise the arguments
- SSS (Say Something Smart)
Much like in the opening for every paragraph of the essay, the opening for the conclusion should also aim to thoroughly answer the question. Let us look at the conclusion to a History question:
“Luck was the major cause of Hitler’s rise to power. How far do you agree?”
- In conclusion, I agree to a small extent that Hitler’s rise to power was mostly due to luck.
- The economic crisis in Germany, combined with public anger against the Weimar government, were crucial in allowing Hitler to flourish. However, Hitler’s compelling speeches and successful tactical manoeuvres suggest that it was not entirely due to luck.
- Overall, Hitler’s rise to power involved a combination of both luck and his influential persona. Whilst luck probably was the major cause, it was certainly not the only reason. Leaders throughout history have often made use of fortunate situations to gain support or influence, and the successful way in which Hitler used Germany’s dire position to his advantage certainly cannot be ignored.
This conclusion uses the 3 part formula stated above. Firstly, it answers the question, saying how far I agree. Secondly, it offers a brief overview of the key arguments of the essay (economic crisis, anger at Weimar, Hitler’s speeches, Hitler’s tactics). Lastly, it ‘says something smart’ in relation to the question. In fact, it evaluates the question using the techniques from the last chapter. It suggests how there is not one clear cause of Hitler’s rise to power. The fact that he was lucky was certainly important, but the way Hitler used this luck in his favour was equally as crucial for his rise to power. This evaluation would be well received by an examiner, and the fact it is the final part of the essay leaves the examiner with a positive view of the essay as a whole.
When it comes to conclusions, time is often running out. It may therefore not be possible to write more than one or two sentences. If this is the case, then concentrate solely on answering the question. Summarising the argument is not entirely necessary, and neither is SSS. As long as the question is fully answered, then that will be sufficient if timing is an issue.
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