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.

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There would be no point in denying that the days after you have been asked to produce a report or dissertation can find you feeling anxious about the task in front of you. In the case of an academic report, you have probably been aware for some time that this would be required of you as part of a project; for a commercial report, you might be given some detail and told to get on with it, or offered an example or template to help you and then left to your own devices. In the case of a dissertation, you might have opted to undertake the challenge or, especially with an academic dissertation, you have known that this would form part ...

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