State your opinion in a crystal clear way. Usually, you express it in one short sentence. This way your essay will have a good finish. It becomes succinct and your thoughts are condensed. This will definitely help to get a high score for your essay.
Put a small prediction in your conclusion. For example: “It is predicted that the trend of global warming will continue long into the future unless governments take decisive action”. Or: “It is predicted that parents and children will continue to use electronic devices to communicate and this can only strengthen their bonds”.
Keep an eye on your grammar accuracy and the range of the grammar structures and vocabulary you use. These aspects also considerably increase your chances for getting a high score.
Now let’s look at what should not be present in your conclusion:
What not to include in your IELTS Essay Conclusion!
New arguments. If there are any arguments that pop up in your head while writing conclusion, ignore them. You should have control over your mind and stay focused. This is the way to a successful conclusion.
New evidence for the arguments. This point corresponds with the previous one.
Repetitions. Try to avoid saying what you’ve already mentioned. This refers to the logic used as well as evidence and arguments that were pointed out. Your range of words in the language should also help you avoid word repetitions. Also, sometimes by looking for synonyms you can make the conclusion sound overcomplicated and confusing to the reader. Do not try to find a synonym if it simply doesn’t exists.
Force the attention of a reader onto what the essay has uncovered.
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What to include in your conclusion:
The idea of a conclusion comes from an academic report. It implies that there is an introduction, description of the experiments carried out and the results you have. Of course, in regard to an IELTS Essay, we are not speaking about a big discovery. You need to adapt this philosophy to IELTS Writing prior to using it. This means that you need to point out the facts “you didn’t know” when you started writing your essay.
As a rule, this paragraph of your essay should be short and straightforward – just the way your introduction paragraph is.
Where do I place my opinion?
In most cases, you will express your opinion in the conclusion. You are allowed to introduce your opinion in both – the introduction and the conclusion. This way your point of view will become clearer to a reader as you progress through the essay. In case you’re dealing with a discussive essay, do not forget to include both sides of your argument in your opinion.
Examples of conclusions
Let’s have a look at the following two examples of conclusions. Say, you are dealing with the essay on positive and negative aspects of globalization and you have to introduce your opinion. You write about the positive effects of it (nowadays there are more ideas, the spread of which leads to the spread of language). You also give examples from different countries.
Possible conclusion №1.
“Globalization is necessary to spread ideas, language as well as culture. It will also start to be more tolerated in the future as it becomes more common. In the future, I sincerely hope, the governments will take effective measures to improve the progress of globalization”.
Why does the conclusion sound a bit incohesive and unconvincing? Pay attention to the following points:
There is a repetition of the phrase “in the future”.
The phrase “I sincerely hope…” sounds like “I think it is…”. The following is better in terms of how convinced the author is: “I strongly believe…”, “Therefore, I am convinced that globalization is a necessary form to…”.
There are no new arguments mentioned – it’s good.
Even though there are two sentences about the future, they are quite weak. The author could have made at least one of them stronger.
Example: “Itwill also start to be more tolerated in the future…” Of course, you are writing about globalization, but the pronoun “it” makes it unclear. By writing this way, you force the reader to make assumptions. In other words, there is a strain for a reader since he/she has to determine what you’re saying. The following sentence sounds better:
“Furthermore, globalization will, undoubtedly, be more tolerated in the future as it becomes more widespread”.
Possible conclusion №2.
“In conclusion, globalization is, undoubtedly, a positive driver in disseminating ideas, language and culture. It is predicted governments will enact further measures to facilitate its progress”.
Actually, the conclusion is quite successful and convincing. Probably, there is no need to say “In conclusion”. The position is crystal clear since it is stated that it is “a positive driver”. There is no ambiguity that this is an opinion.
There is new information that was not included earlier, in the body paragraphs: “It is predicted…”.
There are neither new arguments nor fresh evidence in the example provided. By saying “undoubtedly”, the author pushes the ideas and what he/she was talking about before into a more positive light. It is, for sure, the position of the author.
Sometimes, the author may make use of quotations with the view of improving the quality of the essay. Personally, I think this is dangerous because the quotation can easily be reproduced incorrectly or mistakenly attributed to someone else.
If you are struggling writing your IELTS Task 2 essay do not worry you are not alone! So many students find this the most challenging part of IELTS.
Where do I place my ideas?
My mind goes blank?
These are very common challenges and surprisingly simple to solve. The key is having a system to follow so you know exactly what to write when you see a Task 2 question. When you have a system and know the steps, and the sentence structures it definitely becomes a lot easier. Have a look at this online course which includes all the chapters you need to pass IELTS.