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Conclusion and recommendations

The conclusion summarises the main findings of the report and presents 'an answer'. No new information should be put in a conclusion.

Sample conclusion

The student use of mobile phones in tutorials is clearly intrusive to teaching staff and detrimental to learning environments in general. The study highlights the concerns of teaching staff with regard to mobile phone usage. The fact that the majority of staff view the student use of mobile phones in tutorials as disruptive suggests appropriate guidelines and policies need to be developed.


The recommendations section suggests suitable actions, outcomes, changes or solutions to the problem(s) identified in the research. Point form maybe used to list the recommendations. Always check your Course Guide.

Language of recommendations

Tentative language is useful for making recommendations. Use words such as ‘should’, ‘could’, ‘may’. Recommendations often start with 'It is recommended that...'

Sample recommendations

It is recommended that the university develops official guidelines regarding the use of mobile phones in tutorials. The guidelines should recommend: 

  • Teaching staff have the right to restrict mobile phone usage according to their discretion.
  • Mobile phones may only be used by students in exceptional circumstances.

Finally, the guidelines need to be university wide and clearly communicated to all staff and students.