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Term Paper Concluding Paragraph: Searching for an Example

All the hard work you’ve the last few weeks and even months working on your term paper may go to waste if you write a poor conclusion. Conclusion paragraphs are your opportunities to wrap up your writing assignments in neat little packages that let the reader know you’ve accomplished whatever it is you set out to do. Because of this you should never coast through writing your conclusion and should instead give yourself plenty of time to draft, revise, proofread and edit this final paragraph with as much scrutiny as you would with any other part of the term paper.

It’s said that the best way to learn the writing craft is by doing these two things: learning by reviewing examples and learning by putting what you’ve covered into practice. Here are a few things you should know about doing the former – learning by reviewing examples of great concluding paragraphs.

Searching for an Example:

The first step in this process is finding great examples from reliable sources. You have two options – print and online. When searching for a print example, be sure you stick with reputable writing guides, school handouts or even samples your instructor provides you with before each assignment. When searching online, try sticking with examples you find on academic websites. All of these will be verified as “good writing” by those in the field and will provide you with the solid components you need to improve your writing.

Knowing What to Look for in an Example:

Once you are sure you have a few good examples of concluding paragraphs, it’s time to make a list of what components you are looking for. Each concluding paragraph should at a minimum include the following: a transitional sentence that signals this is a concluding paragraph, a sentence that restates the thesis in different words, a few sentences summarizing and synthesizing the major points made in the term paper, and finally a sentence or two that leaves an impression on the reader. There are several different ways to achieved each of these components, but they all will aim towards doing the same thing.

Piecing it All Together and Putting it into Practice:

Now that you know what to look for it’s time to try rewriting each of the components of a concluding paragraph in your own words. You don’t have to re-write according to the topics of your examples; you can write on any subject. The trick is learning how to transition from one sentence to the next, seamlessly and flawlessly. Try a few paragraphs before drafting the conclusion you will use in your own term paper. After reasonable amounts of practice you’ll be writing great concluding paragraphs that earn you those top grades.