- Topic Sentence
- Weaknesses and Future research
- Final COmment
There are some extra sections, but still the same as normal disucssion
Read how to write a conclusion paragraph first
- Use subheadings only if discussion is long.
- In general
- Link in a very formally structured research report is probably not necessary. Everyone knows what comes after the Results - it's always the Discussion. So there is no need to say "The next section discusses..."
Topic Sentence for Discussion
- As with normal essay, this is your thesis statement ( or for experimental research, your research question) in other words.
- Remember to write "This project aimed to discover" or "This experimental report focused on"
- Don't write "essay" by mistake this is not an essay
- Past tense
In PRESENT TENSE or PRESENT PERFECT TENSE
No new data or references, unless to help understand what you have already said.
- Focus on summarising your results
- summarize your intro (importance background) in one sentence
- summarize your methods in one sentence
- summarize your results in detail,
- only summarise your literature to show how it compares with your results
- Conclude: what was the answer to your research question?
- What the results mean for readers?
- What should they DO?
- Was anything else interesting?
Limitations and suggestions for Future research
- Did anything go wrong?
- WHat does this mean about how safe your conclusions are?
- FOr example:
- "In hindsight, it was unfortunate that
- "This project had some limitations, in that" (e.g. not enough participants, sampling)
- "In addition" (e.g. missing data)
- What should you (or someone) study next?
- e.g. "Future research should aim to determine X")
Conclusion (maybe optional)
Only if your discussion is really long (4 pages), to tie everything together.
If it is only one paragraph, you don't need a conclusion section. Maybe a final comment with a prediction
e.g. "If X follow these recommendations, hopefully Y will Z")