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Writing a report


All reports give structured and factual information.

They tell the story of an enquiry or a problem-solving process. They usually provide practical outcomes and recommendations. They are written in response to a specific need, issue or question.

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In this tutorial

  • Reports vs essays - Overview of what a report is and how it is different from an essay. Time to complete 15 minutes
  • Purpose and sources - Explains the purpose of a report and the kind of sources you would use to write one. Time to complete 10 minutes
  • Overall stucture of a report - See all of the sections of a report. Includes a sample report structure with all the sections explained. Time to complete 35 minutes
  • Sample report structures - and an example of a student report - Different reports require different structures, see some examples and read a student's technical report. Time to complete 20 minutes