Are you unsure what your report should look like or how you’ll ever finish it in time? Are you freaking out about starting on an extended piece of writing? Help is here! In this handy little book, you’ll find expert guidance to enable you to produce a successful report or dissertation. With a focus on developing an effective writing style and argument, this book shows you, step-by-step, how to plan and deliver a perfect piece of writing to gain top marks. Open up to find advice on: • What makes dissertations and reports distinctive • Organising your time and materials • Finding the right planning method for you • How to structure your writing successfully • Writing good sentences, paragraphs, sections and chapters. Read this book and you’re on your way to writing a great report or dissertation! SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university.


Meticulous planning is the cornerstone of effective writing, but only if you use a planning method which matches well with the way your mind works and suits the type of document you are producing. The work you do in this part can be applied not just to planning a document, but also to organising a project or bringing your research tasks under control.

In this part I am going to be looking at the challenges of planning your report or dissertation and I will be focusing on the stages when you will be pulling together material and trying to order it so as to create a persuasive and successful document. However, we should not overlook the length of additional preparation time involved in producing ...

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