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Writing a Conclusion For a Research Paper: Hints for Students

I used to think that writing the closings of essays were the hardest thing to do in the world. Then I learned one simple trick that has saved my life—the trick of bringing an essay—any essay, into the very present moment in time.

Writing Conclusions for Personal Essays

For example, let’s say that you were writing a personal experience essay on a memorable experience that was significant to your growth as a human being.

Let’s say you say that your choice to attend graduate school has changed your life for the better. Or, perhaps moving to America to pursue your education has changed your life for the better.

With either of these, a simple move at the end of the essay would be to say simply:

Sample Conclusion

Today, I realize even more how important my college education is. As I have learned more with every class I take, I am already learning to discuss my new skills in a way that will make me more marketable to employers and help ensure my success economically.


Today I realize that though coming to America has been what was at first a very lonely and frightening experience for me, it has also helped to strengthen me as an individual. Today I feel that . . .

And so forth.

See, although your essay recounts what was the “experience” and how it affected you, as the essay requires, you can still bring the closing into your very “right now” present—how you feel this very day, this very hour, about that experience.

Writing Conclusions for Research Papers

When writing conclusions for research papers you can, again, bring your essay into the very present moment for your topic.

Although your paper will discuss say, “The Problem of Global Warming,” for example, you can still look online, say, for new discoveries or developments with global warming that are happening as close to this very instant as possible.

Sample Closing Paragraph:

For example, you could say something like,

Just last week, CNN News reported that because of the melting of the polar ice caps, the extinction of polar bears is now expected by the year 2030 if we continue to damage our fragile ozone layer as we have for the past decade. The loss of these beautiful creatures would be catastrophic for everyone. Our children might never see a polar bear!