How to Revise an Essay–Conclusion Checklist

Revising an Essay:  After you have reviewed the revision checklist for the body of the essay, move on to the conclusion checklist.  Here are some questions to ask as you revise the essay.



  1. Do you have a clearly defined conclusion paragraph that indicates to the reader you are finished with your essay?
  2. In the conclusion, do you restate your thesis, not in the same words, or summarize the main points brought out in the essay?
  3. In the conclusion, do you give the reader a call to action, asking the reader to do something or to stop doing something?
  4. Are any new ideas brought out in the conclusion that are not addressed in the body of the essay?  If so, move the new idea(s) to the body and elaborate on the new idea(s).  Don’t bring in new ideas in the conclusion.
  5. Do you bring adequate closure to the essay and leave the reader with NO unanswered questions?


Once the conclusion checklist is complete, you can move on to the style checklist.


Writing can be a frustrating task for many students, particularly the older students, because they believe they have lost those writing skills they once knew.  For this reason, I have written several ebooks on writing to help students just like these.  I wrote these ebooks in the manner in which I teach the skills to my students.  I learn by following step-by-step instructions, and I find that method works well for most students, especially students whose grammar and writing skills are weak.

How to Write a Basic Essay in Seven Easy Steps: A Beginner’s Guide is designed to help students break down the various steps involved in writing an essay and tackle one task at a time.  My students tend to do well on essays where they write about topics they know a lot about, and when they are allowed to choose their own topics, I receive great essays.  They know themselves better than anyone else, so why wouldn’t they be able to write an essay that focused on themselves?

How to Write an Argumentative Essay is an extension of how to write a basic essay.  Because the argumentative format is somewhat specialized, meaning some elements must be included before it can be classified as an argumentative essay, students must understand some of the terminology related to the argumentative rhetorical mode.  These terms are defined and explained in the ebook along with directions on how to organize an argumentative essay.


How to Write a Short Story: A Beginner’s Guide is designed for the high school or college student as well as a beginning writer or author who wants to write essays of a creative nature, or in other words, short stories.  The basics of organizing a short story is outlined in this ebook in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.


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