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Report- ATK

Drafting and Editing

A report is normally produced through a process of drafting and editing. After the first version (draft) of a report is written, it is carefully reviewed and amended in a controlled process of improvement (editing) and rewriting (drafting), working towards a final product (finished report) which will be the work that is submitted. It is important that the final product is a concise, coherent and logically structured piece of writing, which has addressed all parts of the question.

First draft

Editing means making changes to the content of the report with a view to improving your argument, cohesion and coherence (flow), and coverage of the topic. This involves identifying any areas that need to be cut and any areas that need to be added to. Aim to avoid repetition and redundancy (information not relevant to the question). Also make sure that content is logically paragraphed (blocked together) and ordered systematically so that it flows and makes sense.

Subsequent drafts
This process of drafting and editing should be continued until you are confident that the report has addressed all parts of the question fully and that your argument is fully comprehensible to an educated, but non-specialist reader. You can check this by referring to the marking criteria to make sure that you are satisfying the indicative content. This is normally achieved within three drafts. When you have reached this stage you are finally ready to proofread the report before it is submitted (see section 7- Final checklist).

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