In this article you will find the general overview on how to approach a report in an academic environment. There are certain features that indicate that a document is a report and not some other type of paper. They will help you to write the best report.
How to write a report paper
Report is a presentation of your investigation of some information on particular subject. Writing a report can be long process, although you can turn it into exiting learning experience.
Choose the topic
When you get the assignment to write the report, make sure you understood all the instructions and guidelines that your professor, teacher or boss gave you. If needed reread them. Usually if you are writing the report for high school class your main assignment will be to present a topic without giving your opinion.
Another type of assignment can be persuading the audience about certain thing, or just analyze the subject.
Remember, if the main purpose of the report to present the idea, don’t insert your own thoughts and ideas, and don’t try to persuade the audience in the things you believe.
Find the topic that interests you
Here’s interesting tip for you, if you choose the topic that you are passionate about then you will get the best possible result. However, sometimes you don’t get the opportunity to choose the topic. In this case try to find an interesting approach to the topic. For example, if your assignment is to provide a report on a particular event in American history, and if you are not friends with the history, but you like the music, write about some aspects that are related to music and tie them to that particular period in the history of America.
An outline for your report
The introduction. In the intro paragraph introduce what you’re going to write about and state your thesis. The main purpose of this part is to grab reader’s attention so they would want to read further.
Body paragraphs. It is important to include the evidence that supports thesis given in the introduction. Each body paragraph should have a topic sentence and main idea. Make sure that after each paragraph there is links to the next paragraph. It will help you to make your report understandable and logical.
Arriving at the conclusion. In this part you should summarize your thesis, and write concluding idea of your report.
Don’t forget to ask your teacher what style you have to use: APA, MLI, or Chicago style.