Surprisingly, writing the conclusion for a paper can be one of the more difficult parts of the writing process. Most students get the end of their body paragraphs then feel lost because they have already said everything that they have to say. That is okay though, because the first thing you should know about a conclusion is that it shouldn’t present any new information—it should only reiterate information that you have already presented earlier in your paper.
Your paper should have started with a strong thesis statement that summed up your basic argument in one or two sentences. If you are having trouble learning to craft a good thesis statement, try out this agency for good tips and help. Once you have a good thesis statement, you should restate it in your conclusion. This can either be toward the beginning or the ending of your conclusion, depending on how you structure it.
While it is true that you shouldn’t introduce any new ideas or information in your conclusion, you also don’t want to restate everything in the exact same way you did earlier in your paper. Try to show your ideas in a slightly different way. In particular, you should try to reiterate them in a way that brings out the most important parts or points of them. Because the point of your synthesis paper is to show how several different points or ideas fit together, you should make your synthesis the focus of your conclusion.
One of the best strategies for concluding a synthesis paper is to try to show your reader why your topics and your synthesis are important. Assuming that they have been able to follow your clearly organized and articulated argument, the major task that will be left is to make them care and make them feel like their time reading your paper was well spent. One strategy for this is to explain how the synthesis you presented can help us to see the topics involved differently. Essentially this is a “the sum is greater than its parts” argument. Another way is show why the topics themselves are very important.
From the parking lot, I could see the towers of the castle of the Magic Kingdom standing stately against the blue sky. To the right, the tall peak of The Matterhorn rose even higher. From the left, I could hear the jungle sounds of Adventureland. As I entered the gate, Main Street stretched before me with its quaint shops evoking an old-fashioned small town so charming it could never have existed. I was entranced. Disneyland may have been built for children, but it brings out the child in adults.
I thought I would spend a few hours at Disneyland, but here I was at 1:00 A.M., closing time, leaving the front gates with the now dark towers of the Magic Kingdom behind me. I could see tired children, toddling along and struggling to keep their eyes open as best they could. Others slept in their parents' arms as we waited for the parking lot tram that would take us to our cars. My forty-year-old feet ached, and I felt a bit sad to think that in a couple of days I would be leaving California, my vacation over, to go back to my desk. But then I smiled to think that for at least a day I felt ten years old again.