Report writing is an important skill to develop as it is a common form of writing at university and in later employment.
It is important to read your assignment question carefully to find out the specific requirements of a report in your subject
In general though, reports may differ from essays in a number of ways:
|The purpose of a report is to convey specific information to provide the reader with information.||The purpose of an essay is to show how well you have understood the question and are able to answer it.|
|A report usually contains a description of events/results of research. Often you need to do more than just describe the events or results**. You may also need to analyse these events or results, or use them to put forward a proposal for future action or to solve a particular problem||University essays usually require some form of argument in response to the essay question.|
|A report may often contain conclusions and recommendations||An essay will contain a conclusion, but including recommendations is rare.|
Despite these differences, in some disciplines, the distinction between an essay and a report can be blurred; for example, an essay can be structured more like a report with headings separating the sections of the essay.
**It is recommended that students consult their lecturers regarding the particular style of report required in their specific subject.
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Is Tess in ‘Tess of the d'Urbervilles' portrayed as being responsible for her own demise? [pdf 40 KB]
Yours is a beautifully clear essay. You write very well, and your prose is delightful to read. You've also done your research and it shows. There is a remarkable lack of vagary about society or feminism in your piece, and you've picked canny quotes from your secondary sources that elucidate and situate your arguments.
You've also located some wonderfully specific quotations from your primary source to support your argument that Hardy's narrator sympathises with Tess. Some of your close readings are wonderfully astute, as when you point out that Tess implores Angel, rather than commanding him. Slightly less persuasive is your assertion that Tess is the victim of Alec's eyes; I suspect you might have found better quotations, descriptions, or incidents denouncing Alec's gaze.
You are clearly very good at pursuing and proving an argument. I encourage you to be a bit more experimental in your next essay; perhaps choose a less straightforward topic and see where it takes you.
Please see penciled notes throughout on shortening sentences and watching for comma splices (please look this term up in a style manual if it is unfamiliar).