Some academic assignments often ask students to write reports rather than essays. This may seem, as has been found to be the case, confusing to a lot of students. Basically a report is a short, summarised document, written for a particular purpose or audience. It is used to analyse an idea, a situation, an item or a problem. It must be clear and well structured. The report requirements will vary in form and content and also between organisations, departments, courses, tutors, as well as between subjects, so you must be aware of the guidelines before you start. Having this report writing skill in your arsenal is really helpful and can make you very valuable in any workplace. Decide the objectives and terms of reference Take time, go over and analyse the purpose of the report. Make notes of what you need to describe, expantiate on, recommend or critique. Be


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