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Composing Effective Introductions and Conclusions

The beginning and the ending of any piece of writing are the most important parts: your chance to make a "good first impression" and to make sure at the end that the reader takes away the main point you wanted to make.

Good Introductions

A good introduction DOES

A good introduction DOES NOT

Some questions to ask yourself as you structure your introduction:

TIP: If you're having trouble figuring out how to start your essay, begin in the body of the essay and write that part. Write the introduction later. Often the act of writing helps to clarify your ideas, making it easier to know what you want to put in your introduction.

Good Conclusions

A good conclusion DOES

A good conclusion DOES NOT

Some questions to ask yourself as you structure your conclusion: