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.

Are you a natural planner?

We need to consider this question even before we begin to think about how you might plan your dissertation or report, because the answer will have a direct influence on how you work from this point onwards. If you are a natural planner, you will not find this chapter too challenging, you will happily work your way through it and then you will probably devise your own method of planning, based to some extent on my suggestions here. If you are not a natural planner, you may find this chapter less appealing in prospect, but once you have mastered a planning method you will be pleased to have it in your writing tool box and you are unlikely to ...

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