When you first receive instructions for a class report, there are several things you will need to consider. Put them down on a piece of paper, so you can refer to them throughout the writing process.
1. What are instructions asking you to achieve?
2. What kind of information will you need to provide?
3. What problems are you likely to face?
4. What solutions can you suggest?
5. What kind of audience will find this information useful?
Once you have that cleared up, you can then proceed to perform all the necessary steps to accomplish the report. When writing, however, make sure to keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Write in an objective manner, using the third-person point of view.
- Clearly state the topic and the task of the report.
- For consistency, use the past tense for all previously completed research and studies. Use the present tense for your findings, conclusions and recommendations.
- Use terms specific to your discipline in place of general terms whenever appropriate.
- Use an approved referencing system to acknowledge your sources.
- Pay particular attention to formatting and a consistent style.
- When in doubt, consult with a trusted format book or check with your report writing software.
Writing a report is hard work. In fact, I’d say it’s one of the most difficult types of writing assignments you can get in school. However, figuring out how to put a proper one together can also be very rewarding.