Lab report writing is a very common assignment in many schools and colleges. Teachers ask students to complete this assignment in order to give them an opportunity to polish their analytical skills. In addition to that these reports also have a great influence on the academic grades of the students.
Producing a well-written lab report is not a simple task at all. Many at times students feel a lot of stress when they don’t know how to write these reports. They also have to think about their grades since they don’t want others to get ahead of them. Before starting a report keep in mind that it has many different types. The type of the report and its format depends on your college, subject and the professor. However, the basic components of every report remain the same. Let’s take a look at how these reports are written.
• Like any other academic assignment, the first thing you need to write is the main title of the report. The report’s title should be succinct and to the point, giving a clear understanding of what the report is about. It should present a clear idea to the readers about the experiment.
• After the title page, the next section will be the abstract. The main purpose of the abstract is to provide a brief précis of the entire lab report. The précis is written by taking the key elements from each section of the report. Although most of the times professors put a length restriction on the abstract as well however the usual length of this section never exceeds to more than 200 words.
• Now write the introduction and methodology section. As the name suggests, the introduction introduces the main subject-matter to the readers. An ideal introduction is usually around two to three paragraphs long. In the latter section, you outline the methods that are used to perform the experiment. Give a detailed account of all the materials, apparatus or other tools used in the experiment.
• After writing the methods of your experiment, write down the outcome. The outcome section of your lab reports describes the findings of the experiment in a precise manner. This section may also contain visual illustrations, graphs or charts to get across the findings in a more lucid manner.
• Finally, present the conclusion to the readers in a manner that signifies what you have understood through the experiment.