You have a report to write. The problem is you don't have a clue about how to write it. There are some simple guidelines you can use, regardless of the subject of the report. No matter what grade level, these tips can help you write a good report.

Listen carefully as the teacher makes the assignment. Teachers usually give cues as they pass out assignments. If the teacher repeats something from the directions, highlight it on your directions so you know to pay special attention to that part of the report. If there is something you don't understand, ask the teacher to clarify the directions for you.

Research the information for the report. Write the information you find on note cards in your own words. Make a notation on each card where you got the information. Organize the note cards in a logical sequence to form the outline of your report.

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Write a strong thesis statement. Build the first paragraph around it.

Add additional paragraphs to back up the thesis statement in paragraph one. Use your notes to add facts to your report.

Conclude your report with a summary. Restate the thesis statement, then summarize the main points from your report that support the thesis statement.

Proofread your work. Many students lose valuable points because they neglect to do this. Read the report out loud or have someone edit it for you.

Prepare the final draft. Once again, proofread it for errors. Confirm that you followed the teacher's directions.

Submit the report on time. Make sure it's in the presentation format the teacher requests. A crumbled, messy report puts a teacher off before he even picks it up to grade it.

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