Techniques Of Writing The Best Introductions And Conclusions For Your Essay
Your introduction should feature your thesis somewhere within, and it should explain your thesis a little. You are presenting your essay to the reader and showing them what it is all about in a very brief way. You are helping them decide if your essay is the one they want to read. This does not mean you sell it to them, it just means you give them enough information to decide. Here is a little more help when it comes to your introduction, and a very good two-part tip on how to write a great conclusion.
Repeat the question and pass - A poignant history lesson
The ex-prime minister of Britain known as Tony Blair was a great man. He cemented the alliance between the US and Britain, and let’s not forget that Britain is the USA’s only ally to date, have supported the US in every war and economic sanction and have even been bombed by terrorists because of their alliance with the US.
Tony Blair stopped the UK and Ireland war, and he even went over to India and Pakistan to stop them blowing the hell out of each other with nuclear weapons. When he came to be the prime minister, he ran tests on the British education system after calls in parliament that exams were too easy.
The report discovered that there are some exams and essays that could be passed by simply writing out the question in the space provided for an answer. Before the results were even announced, the scandal-thirsty British paparazzi press were all over it. It lead to reforms in the British education system and a few in the US education system.
The trouble is that there are still a lot of exam papers and essays that require the question to be repeated (or echoed as they put it) in order to get the marks for relevant answer. This means, as you may have guessed, that you can reword or even write out the essay question(s) in your introduction and you automatically get marks for your work. It is also handy repeating, rewriting or echoing the question later in the essay to show your comprehension of the questions, which is another element of a marking scheme.
Also, take note of the first three paragraphs of this introduction tip. They gave a lot of information with each paragraph containing at least two points of information. It is condensed (in a fashion), it gets information across and it sets up the tip about repeating the question. Your introduction should also contain condensed information that sets up your essay. Any further details such as dates, consequences, the hows and the whys can be answered within the body of the essay. You are giving the reader a taste before they decide if they want to eat whilst also describing what is on the menu (metaphorically speaking).
The key to the perfect scoring conclusion - a two-part epic
No online article is going to teach you how to write the perfect conclusion, even despite the promise the header just gave, because there are always students that are going to read this section and still mash the keyboard with their palms in hopes of a high score. Take this two-part tip on board for your next essay and see just how well you do.
Part one - The mini conclusion collection
The process is very simple. After each paragraph you write you need to create a bullet point(s) list just after. Put the bullet point list in a red font because you are going to delete them later. Create a bullet point for every point you make in your paragraph. Make it like a mini conclusion for each paragraph.
When the big moment comes to actually create your conclusion, you can go down each paragraph and use the notes you made in red. You can use them as guiding points or you can lift them right from the page and slot them into your main conclusion. Doing this helps to keep your main conclusion relevant and it ensure that you do not forget or miss any of the points you made in your essay. Once you have used them all you can delete the red font writing.
Part two - Making the point
Your conclusion must refer back to the thesis of your essay. Your professors expect you to justify your thesis in some way. You may be agreeing with your thesis, disagreeing or making it clear that there is no answer (or that the answer is on the fence). Bringing your thesis conclusion together means concluding on the thesis using the points you made in your essay.
Part one of this tip suggested you use your mini conclusions for each paragraph to create your conclusion. You should do that, and you should refer to your thesis, but it is also a good idea to take your essay as a whole and comment on that too when you conclude. You do not need to explain why you picked your thesis because you can put that in the introduction or body, but you may like to explain the direction you took and conclude on the essay as a whole piece of evidence, logic, event, etc.
Over-write for your conclusion and then trim it down and refine it when you are finished. Trim it down so that only the conclusion points stand and the fluff is removed. It is better to have to trim down your work because you have over-written, than it is to have to fluff up your work to hit the word count.