A compare and contrast essay is a piece of academic writing which aims to analyse a question based around two different items, comparing the similarities and identifying contrasts. The concepts being discussed in your essay must have some things in common and example topics might include comparing and contrasting state education against private schools, or the policies of two political parties. The conclusion of your essay should draw your analysis together and present your findings in a clear and concise manner.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Address the initial question clearly in your conclusion. Repeat the initial thesis or paraphrase it, and explain which of the items or concepts you believe is the best. Explain why you have reached your conclusion and reference some of the evidence you have discussed. State what evidence you would needed to have seen to draw a different conclusion.
Use the same principles for your conclusion whether you adopt block organisation or point by point organisation in the main body of your essay. Your conclusion should be objective and based on the evidence that you have presented. Put aside personal feelings and reach a conclusion using the data and ideas you have discussed.
Leave the essay for a day or so after you have completed it and go back to read it again. Ask yourself does your conclusion make sense and it is based on thorough research and a logical presentation of the evidence? Think about whether you have missed anything, or let personal views or prejudices get in the way. If you are happy with your conclusion, complete a final proofread and prepare to submit your essay.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure that the essay is well-structured throughout. Arriving at a conclusion without an organised discussion in the body will leave a reader unsure as to how you reached your verdict.
- Maintain a rigorous academic style in your conclusion. Avoid slang and keep the writing formal as it has been throughout the essay. The conclusion is the last thing the marker reads and will leave a strong impression.
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