How to write a good report

The following are the important tips used in creating a mind-blowing article for publication

A report simply means to do something again, to retell, recount something, an incident or event in details.

A good report gives an account of an event that was witnessed; of an investigation that was carried out; and of some work that has been done. Reports are quite formal and factual, except where you have to draw conclusions from stated facts. Reports are based on observations, research and investigations. A good report answer the basic questions, what? when? where? who? And how?

Types of reports

  1. Eye witness report: examples are robbery, accident, fire outbreak, riot, demonstration. This calls for a narrative writing.
  2. Work report: These are routine reports like the report on the progress of a building, the report on the proceedings of a meeting, a report on a school administration
  3. Investigation report: These involves reports of investigations carried out together with the conclusions and the results arrived at the end as a result of the investigation.

A report comprises of the following:

  • A catchy heading; usually underlined.
  • It should include the main issues (who, what when, where and how) straight to the point.
  • Use of proper linkers especially transitional expressions like however, furthermore, otherwise, indeed, besides, finally, and so on
  • Should be in chronological order (one leads to another) to present your ideas.
  • Your report should only important details without using big words which might bore your readers.
  • State only the truth. Write in past tense.
  • At the end of your report, give your full name, your official position and your address.

Works cited
Ukamaka chioma Ibe PhD; Comprehensive English for Secondary School Students. Africana First publishers, 2004.

6 thoughts on “How to write a good report

    1. You are not at all dull dear, actually, I posted this for the writers in a team university press I’m working on. Don’t mind my excesses please.
      I hope you write all about the school press and the experience much later

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  1. AFTER GOING THROUGH AGAIN YOUR BLOG, NOW I REGAINED WHAT MY BOSS USED TO TELL ME, AFTER A VISIT TO SOME TRAINING PROG, WHEN I WAS WORKING IN AN ORGANISATION. NOW I USED TO WRITE’ REPORTS’ AND RECOLLECTED, WHAT I HAD DONE EARLIER. PROBABLY I WAS TOO HASTY IN WRITIING A REPLY TO YOUR POST AND FEEL SORRY ABOUT THE SAME. WITH REGRETS.

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    1. I’m personally getting soothed with the report writing ethics. And I must say it’s quite an interesting job. I’m happy it brought back good memories

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