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.

Finding your voice

At first thought it might sound a bit highbrow to suggest that you should ‘find your voice’; you might come up with the response that you are not planning to be a great author or a poet, and so do not need to find a voice which is unique to you and with which you can engage and inspire others. Except that this is exactly what you are about to do, whether you realise it yet or not. You will be spending many hours deciding on the right material to include in your work: this is the unique basis for your own voice; you will then plan to create an argument, which will allow you to use your original voice; you ...

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