Conclusions

  • Your conclusion finishes your assignment and leaves the reader with your main message in answer to the question or brief. You can think of your conclusion like a photo that captures the key moments of the journey that your readers have just been on.  

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    Key features

    You can think of your conclusion going from narrow to broadening out to look at the bigger picture or wider implications. See this clear page explaining the key features of a conclusion:

    Purpose

    Knowing what a conclusion is for and its purpose can help you see more clearly how to write it. This helpful overview looks at what a conclusion should do and also what it shouldn’t be doing - such as adding in new information or unsupported opinions

    So what?

    People often worry that their conclusion is just repeating what they have already written. Some summarising is helpful for the reader, especially if it is a long assignment, as they won’t know your answer as well as you do. But it isn’t just summarising without a purpose - remember to show how your summary answers the brief and addresses the ‘so what?’ question - so what does this tell us?