Report Writing

The following resources are designed to help you assess and develop your students’ report writing skills.

All our resources are available for free educational use under a Creative Commons licence. You are welcome to link to them, use them and adapt them if necessary for your students, but please acknowledge LearnHigher as authors.

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Checklist for effective reports

A quick checklist for an effective report

Activity time: 15 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s

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Is a dissertation just a longer report?

This guide is designed to show you how to adapt your current report writing practices for doing a longer independent research project like a dissertation.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Webpage, Helpsheet

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Using graphical data – activity

A practical activity to show how to best include graphical data in reports. It can be used as a classroom activity, or independently by students

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Handout/s

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Using Graphical Data

An introduction to the effective use of graphical data

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Academic writing for reports

A group editorial activity aimed at highlighting examples of bad practice in academic writing. Presents the opportunty to make selective changes in order to develop academic writing skills.

Activity time: 25 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, PDF File

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Organise your report

A classroom activity in which the participant must rearrange a jumbled list of report sections. Includes two list examples.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Webpage, PDF File

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Identify the sections of a report

A classroom activity which helps to develop understanding of the reasons why reports are organised as they are. Further to this, it highlights the differing writing styles appropriate for each section.

Activity time: 25 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, PDF File

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Identify the audience and purpose

A classroom activity showing the importance of tailoring writing for a specific audience. Downloads can be adapted to be subject specific.

Activity time: 17 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, PDF File

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Writing clearly and concisely

A helpsheet explaining how to write clearly and concisely. Includes sections on the use of long words and abbreviations.

Activity time: Varies

Types of media: Helpsheet

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How do I critically analyse my findings?

A helpsheet outling a step by step explanation of the analysis of research findings. This includes an example of the process.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage, Helpsheet

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Structure of reports

A detailed explanation of the content of subsections of a report. This includes information about titles for sections as well as suggested content.

Activity time: Unknown

Types of media: Helpsheet

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What makes a good report?

This resource includes a list of commonly perceived tropes of sub-standard reports as well as a detailed breakdown of suggested content of report sections.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Helpsheet

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What’s the different between reports and essays?

A table outlining features of essays and reports in relation to one another.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Helpsheet

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Why is report writing so important?

An explanation of why reports are a critical format for presenting research results. Includes a brief outline stating the identifyable traits of a good report.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Helpsheet

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