The conclusion is one of the most important parts of an essay. It provides the final opportunity to leave a lasting impression on the reader. If the essay is complicated and technical, the conclusion provides a reference point and general overview for the reader. If the essay is personal in tone, such as a nursing-school application essay, the conclusion provides an opportunity to leave the reader with a lasting impression of why you are the ideal candidate.

Step 1

Reread your essay and refresh yourself with its main ideas and arguments. Outline the major points on a piece of paper. Take time to reflect on the essay. Think about what you have learned. Does the essay raise questions and issues you would like to pursue in the future?

Step 2

Summarize the main points of the essay in the conclusion. Avoid introducing new information. Use the conclusion to remind the reader of the primary purpose of the essay. For example, if the essay is part of an application for nursing school, adopt a personal touch. Remind the reader why you are interested in a nursing career, why you think you are qualified, and what type of career you are interested in. If the essay is written for a nursing course requirement, apply for a scholarship, or to present at a professional nursing conference or journal, maintain an academic and scholarly attitude. Remind the reader that the purpose of essay was to address a particular problem in the nursing field. Tell the reader how you answered or solved the problem. Anticipate and answer possible criticisms and objections to your paper.

Step 3

Proofread the conclusion. Ask yourself if it accurately summarizes the paper's content. Will it make a strong impact on the reader?