It's the last thing the reader will see, so it tends to stick in the reader's memory.
A good conclusion should do a few things: You've already spent time and energy crafting a solid thesis statement for your introduction, and if you've done your job right, your whole paper focuses on that thesis statement.
That's why it's so important to address the thesis in your conclusion!
Circling back to your lead in your conclusion is one way to give readers that full-circle sense.
Try to restate your thesis in a way that reflects the journey the essay has taken.
—Anne Lamott, “Blessings: After Catastrophe, A Community Unites” Your hook and opening paragraph should establish the topic of your essay (or at least allude to it) and set the scene and tone. Your challenge is to evoke those senses and feelings without flatly stating them.
All it takes to understand the importance of an outline is listening to someone who struggled to tell a personal story. The switchbacks where the teller says “But wait, I have to tell you about this part, first! An outline will help you organize your thoughts before committing them to text. Don’t say “I felt cold.” Say “I exhaled and my breath turned to vapor that hung in the air.
A conclusion is more than just "the last paragraph"—it's a working part of the paper.
This is the place to push your reader to think about the consequences of your topic for the wider world or for the reader's own life!
The conclusion is a very important part of your essay.
Although it is sometimes treated as a roundup of all of the bits that didn’t fit into the paper earlier, it deserves better treatment than that!