What Not to do in a Conclusion

Even the best essays can go wrong in the conclusion—this video covers what not to do in a conclusion to help avoid any essay-ending problems. The tips in this video help sort out what should go in a conclusion (and what might be better in a body paragraph) and will help any essay from going down like the Hindenburg.

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Transcript

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are you gonna land this thing Oh harder harder Here

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are a few things you should absolutely not do to

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keep your essay from crashing and burning at the last

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second so don't simply restate your thesis Your paper should

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have been a journey you should be re exploring your

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thesis if you simply cut and pasted from your intro

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your teacher is going to cut and paste you We're

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not sure exactly what that means but it won't be

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pleasant Don't try it Don't bring up anything new in

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the conclusion If you remember a hilarious louis ck routine

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that would fit perfectly with your essay go back and

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put it in your essay don't put it in the

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conclusion all that's going to do is leave your reader

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wanting more and in the wrong way in the my

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roommate ate all but one of the cookies kind of

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way it is also remember that you don't need to

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come up with a definitive answer is just an essay

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you're not trying to solve the world's problems If you

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try to tell people exactly what to think tired mr

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prez you're just going to make them that instead show

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them what conclusion you came to but leave the door

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open for them to argue with You don't end with

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a quote from someone else Your reader has stuck with

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your essay until the end They want to know what

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you think not what some other dope has to say

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way say other dope We weren't implying that you're a

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dope not on last You end up with a quote

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from someone else and you're totally a dope Finally transitions

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are great We love transitions almost as much love ice

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cream sandwiches but as with ice cream sandwiches i don't

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want to overdo it Your transition shouldn't be the tired

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old in conclusion or similar make it snappy Here's a

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quick recap of what not to do in your conclusion

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don't restate your thesis Don't bring up anything new don't

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come up with a definitive answer to life's problems don't

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end with a quote from someone else Don't use cliche

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transitions In conclusion there are many things you should not

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do to keep your essay from crashing and burning at

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the last second By working to decrease meat consumption and

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redirecting corn production of countries in need of food world

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hunger will be solved As dorothy parker said A little

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bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika there

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We've just written the worst conclusion ever You can at 00:02:39.05 --> [endTime] least do better than that