Video: The aims of a conclusion


When writing a conclusion to your Task II essay, it is important to be clear about what you are trying to achieve. There are three main aims for writing a conclusion. You need to paraphrase your point of view on the topic. This does not mean that you should repeat what you have written, but you should give a short overview of your main ideas so your argument is clear to the examiner. The second point is that a conclusion should ‘complete’ your essay. This means that when the examiner reads your final paragraph, it should be very clear that this is the point at which you intended to finish. Without a properly constructed conclusion, you could give the examiner the impression that you would have written more but didn’t have time. The final aim of your conclusion is to demonstrate a familiarity with academic writing. This means that you need to show the examiner that you know the structure of an academic essay, with a clear introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion.

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