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Academic writing tips and guidelines

Academic Paper Help: Writing Your Conclusion

Regardless of whether you are in college, an M.A. student or already a PhD candidate, you know the fact that your academic papers will make the difference for your career. While academic writing can seem stiff and filled with rules that do not always make sense to everybody, the truth is that it lies at the very basis of higher education itself. Of course, your first year college essay may not get in the textbooks, but as you grow in your career and as you advance towards taking your PhD diploma, you will see how your writing can help other researchers out there add “meat” on the common field(s) of your studies.

Even if you do not plan to get a PhD, academic writing can still teach you very important lessons, such as time management, coherence (in writing and in speech) and always being well-structured when you have an actual point to make.

Same as the introduction part of any kind of academic writing piece out there, the conclusion is also very important. Next to the introduction, the thing all your readers will probably check out with when they come across your piece of writing, the conclusion will bear a very important place. Therefore, make sure you take your time when writing it and that you actually do manage to point out the essence of everything you have been working on. Read on to find out how to do this and to find out which are the quintessential things you have to bear in mind when writing an academic paper conclusion.

  1. Do not be repetitive. Although in one way or another your conclusion will resemble your introduction a lot, it should not be the same thing (even if reworded). Your introduction will contain hints at your research thesis statement and methods, but it should not contain all the results. At the very same time, your conclusion will have to contain all the results you have reached in your research, even if they may counter-argument your main thesis statement.
  2. Choose your words wisely. Beyond being formal, you will also have to make sure you choose the words which really reveal your opinion as a researcher on the topic you have researched. This does not mean you should fall unto the informal side of writing styles, but that you should make sure that you choose words that do show a bit of your opinion as well.
  3. Last, but definitely not least, make sure that your very last sentence is actually memorable. Be firm on your positions and make sure that this sentence is very well-thought out because it will be most likely the one that will actually stick to any reader that may come across your paper.