Four Smart Tips to Help You End Your Undergraduate Thesis
Conclusions are sometimes the most difficult part of an undergraduate thesis to write. Many writers feel they have nothing more to say or they feel exhausted. It’s important, however, that a writer recall that a conclusion is often what a reader remembers best and should therefore leave a great impression.
Here are four tips designed to help you end your undergraduate thesis with a bang:
- Answer the “Why was this important?” question.
- Synthesize your major points, don’t summarize.
- Give your readers something to think about.
- Create a new meaning.
It’s always a good idea to reiterate your intention from your introduction and re-state why the work you’ve completed is important and contributes to your discipline. You’ve spent several weeks working on your topic. You should be able to easily explain why you put in so much hard work (other than meeting a requirement). How will this paper benefit its readers?
It’s not enough to relist your paper’s major topic points in the conclusion. Your readers have already read the arguments and should only briefly be restated. What you should do is show them how the points you made and the support and evidence you included tie together to proof your central argument. How does A relate to B? And how does it all tie in with C?
Redirect your readers towards something like how to test or use your argument in the real world situations. If your introduction went from the general to the specific, consider having your conclusion zoom out and do the opposite, going from your specific point and how it relates globally. The more creative you are the more memorable your conclusion will be.
You don’t have to provide new information or procure new discoveries. You can create new meaning by demonstrating how your arguments and ideas relate together to create new perspective, one that your readers may not have had before reading your conclusion. Try posing a question that challenges readers to take your work further into new and unexplored directions.
These are just a few ideas to get your wheels spinning. No matter how you decide to end your undergraduate thesis, be sure that the writing is consistent with the rest of your paper. Make sure you proofread and make edits in the same way you would with the introduction and body paragraphs.