5 tips for writing your thesis conclusion
Writing a good conclusion is crucial to the success of your thesis, as it is the last thing that your reader will see and your chance to leave a good impression. In this article, we will give you 5 tips for an outstanding dissertation conclusion. We have also put together a step-by-step thesis conclusion guide that will help you getting started.
1. Do not summarize too much
Summarizing is a key part of your conclusion, but it should not be the only part. Explaining how to apply the information covered in the paper is just as important as summarizing the key parts. The reader should be left with a sense of resolution.
2. Be careful when introducing new information
It can happen that you introduce new information in your conclusion, especially when you're trying to give the reader a sense of how the information can be applied in a broader sense. While you can pose questions or explain how the information is relevant, make sure to not introduce new key points.
3. Do not use your conclusion to make up for inadequacies in the body of your paper
You might be tempted to add whatever you have missed to include in the chapters before to the conclusion. If you do that, the conclusion will not conclude anything but just raise more questions. If you find yourself in that situation, your topic might be too broad.
4. Beware of using the word "conclusion" in your thesis
If you use the word "conclusion" anywhere else in the paper but in the actual conclusion, that might confuse the reader up to the point where they give up on looking for the actual conclusion. Be mindful of when and how you use the word in the body of your paper.
5. Be careful when giving your own opinion
You can certainly give your own opinion in the paper, but make sure to not sound too bossy or authoritarian. Focus on a holistic assessment of the topic and do not use your conclusion to engage in any over-generalized discussions that miss the point of your paper.
If you need more advice, we have put together a list of other very helpful sources for your thesis conclusion:
- Leaving a good last impression - patter Blog
- How to make a great conclusion - DoctoralWritingSIG
- More advice for a good conclusion - University of Warwick