Essay Conclusion Paragraphs

Writing an effective concluding paragraph:

Concluding paragraphs are used to tie up an essay in a cohesive and concise summary of the thesis and key points. Although this may sound intimidating, formulating a conclusion can be broken down into helpful tips that will lead to an accomplished ending.

  • Do not simply restate the thesis. Summarizing and supporting the thesis and main points will lead to a focused essay. Recounting on what was written in the thesis will suggest to the reader that the writer accomplished what he or she set out to accomplish.

    • Writing the introduction and conclusion paragraphs after the body of the essay has been written might help you accomplish this task.

  • Frame the paragraph by reminding the reader of something you referred to in the introduction that will remind the reader of your thesis.

  • Conclusions can also be a place to suggest further research if applicable, make a prediction or comparison, and analyze what the argument of the paper means.

  • Finally, end on a strong note. Make sure to stray from cliche phrases, bringing up new ideas and identical wording used in the introduction or throughout the essay. Instead try these suggestions:

    • Include a compressed summary of the main points of the essay and recount why they are important and how they connect to each other.
    • Ask a question or use a quotation that may invoke a response from the reader.
    • Suggest solutions or consequences.
  • Keep in mind that an effective concluding paragraph will leave a lasting impression on the reader and remind them of the purpose of the essay. It is also an opportunity to check that essay remained focused and proved and / or supported the thesis.


    Some instructors discourage students from summarizing their arguments in a conclusion. Check with your instructor to find out his/her preference.

    <-- Go to the top of the page -->
    See Our eBooks
    GrammarBank Exercises eBook

    Instantly Download and Print
    For Teachers and Students
    100% Money Back Guarantee
    English Exercises eBook
    ESL Challenge
    Grammar and Vocab Challenge

    Winners Cup Learn while challenging others
    Get listed on the leaderboard
    Get e-books/mobile apps
    Grammar Challenge
    ESL Quiz Apps
    GrammarBank Mobile Quizzes

    Mobile TabletsESL Vocabulary and Grammar
    Apps for mobile and tablets
    Learn on the go!
    Beginners Grammar Quiz App

    Recently Added

    1. In Addition / In Addition To – GrammarBank

      Choose "In addition" or "In addition to” to complete the exercise.-- Printable exercise with 10 questions and answers

      Read More

    2. Similar Connective Words Quiz – GrammarBank

      Choose the conjunction that can replace the one in bold for the given sentences. 10 quiz questions with answers

      Read More

    3. AS / DUE TO - GrammarBank

      Practice conjunctions exercise with answers-- Choose "AS" or "Due to” to complete the exercise

      Read More

    4. In spite of vs Though Exercise 2 - GrammarBank

      Printable and online In Spite Of vs Though exercise with answers-- Choose the correct conjunction to complete the sentences.

      Read More