Report writing process
It can be helpful to think of writing your report as a process and to break it down into the various tasks that you need to complete.
What goes on when you are writing a report? What are the various tasks you need to do to complete it?
There are three main phases:
The preparation phase where you analyse exactly what you are being asked to do and if you are working in a group, agree on the group communication plan.
The analysis phase where you gather all your evidence, conduct research, undertake investigations, complete coding, calculations etc
The analysis phase will enable you to come up with your key message - your answer to the question/solution to the problem. This key message will then determine the structure of your report and enable you to complete the writing phase of the report.
A note on group work
Reports are often written in groups, which present both rewards and challenges. The key to effective group work is effective communication and good planning. See our advice on group work for useful strategies to ensure a productive and fair group project.