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Are you unsure what your report should look like or how you'll ever finish it in time? Are you freaking out about starting on an extended piece of writing?
Help is here! In this handy little book, you'll find expert guidance to enable you to produce a successful report or dissertation. With a focus on developing an effective writing style and argument, this book shows you, step-by-step, how to plan and deliver a perfect piece of writing to gain top marks.
Open up to find advice on:
What makes dissertations and reports distinctive
Organising your time and materials
Finding the right planning method for you
How to structure your writing successfully
Writing good sentences, paragraphs, sections and chapters.
Read this book and you're on your way to writing a great report or dissertation!
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Dr Lucinda Becker, an award winning Senior Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at the University of Reading, has spent her career committed to enhancing the skills of undergraduates and research postgraduates. She has written numerous successful study skills guides for students. As a professional trainer she also works throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, devising and delivering training in communication and management techniques, principally to lawyers, engineers and scientists: real exemplars of generic, transferable skills with impact.
Introduction Part I: Pondering Why a Dissertation? What Is Distinctive about a Dissertation? What Are Research Questions? What Makes a Good Dissertation? When and Why Would I Write a Report? What Is Distinctive about a Report? Should I Be Asking Research Questions in a Report? Part II: Preparing Devising a Strategy Gathering Material Finding Your Voice Part III: Planning Are You a Natural Planner? A Planning Strategy Your First Step Four Planning Methods Part IV: Pausing Negative Pauses Necessary Pauses Positive Pauses Part V: Producing Words Phrases Sentences Paragraphs Sections and Chapters Part VI: Polishing Increasing Impact Checking your Document Now Take Your Fingers off the Keyboard