A conclusion chapter is considered as an important chapter within the research document. This chapter should be well-crafted and well-presented as it intends to combine and summarise all other chapters in the research document. Technically, a conclusion chapter draws attention to the logical outcomes of your study. Although this chapter is not as long as other chapters, this session mainly includes,
- The statement that focuses on the issue that was raised in the document.
- The significance of the study.
- New or expanded ways of approaching the research problem.
However, writing this chapter may be a strenuous task. Some of the points one needs to include in this session are:
Restate the research topic and explain why it is important. This part should be written in a concise and clear manner.
Restate the research statement. However, it shouldn’t sound the same as included in the introduction section. Narrow it down and rewrite it.
Summarize the main points of your study. Provide an overview of key points, and do not add any new details in this section.
Discuss the crucial findings. Address the importance of the points included in a particular section of the conclusion.
Suggestion for future study in the same field. In a portion of the conclusion, explain the need for future research in the same subject and suggest a few possibilities that can be developed from the present work. Also, raise a few queries that can be answered in the future.
Accept the limitations of your study. No research can be perfect. Every research may lack in one or the other way. Write down the limitations of your study in this chapter.
What needs to be avoided while writing this chapter?
- Do not start the conclusion chapter with words like “in conclusion”/ “in summary”. These words sound unnatural and are unnecessary.
- Never present any new results, arguments or details regarding the research or the research topic.
- Continue writing this chapter in the same tone that is used in other chapters. If the entire document was written in the academic tone, continue with the same. Do not change to an informal tone.
- Never use the first person. Writing in the first person is informal and cannot be used for research documents.
- Avoid summarising the contents that were included in the key chapters.
- Do not apologise. Resist the urge to apologise to your readers.
Follow the above-mentioned tips and craft a powerful conclusion that ties up all of the arguments and facts that was presented in the main body of the research document.