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.

When and why would I write a report?

The ability to write a successful report has always been commercially and professionally important: it is now also important for students. Whilst a dissertation might be the only lengthy, fully structured piece of writing you would expect to do at college or university, you are ever more likely to come across report writing as a requirement. The problem with this, for many writers, is that it can catch you out. I regularly teach professionals who are coming to report writing for the first time, sometimes well into a successful career, and they feel as if they are playing catch up, trying to grasp the principles of report writing as quickly as possible so that nobody realises ...

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