Truth be told, you are unlikely to compose an excellent lab report quickly and easily. Why? Such papers are demanding, not because they require various elements (see below the structure of a lab report), but because labs should rely on a particular experiment. And such experiments can be long-lasting, not to mention tedious.
Of course, one of the simplest and fastest ways to deal with the task is to ask others to do that for you. By reaching out to professional writers, you will get an exemplary document and understand how to manage a lab.
But before you do that, ask yourself, “Is it really necessary to ask anyone else to write a lab report for me?” This time, you can cope with a lab with nearly no help. All you need to do is keep reading this guide. Once you finish it, you will handle the task successfully.
Lab Report: Definition
In a nutshell, a lab report is a piece of paper that explains how an author, alone or with a team, carried out an experiment. Such a report points out the experiment’s results, limitations, and implications.
Lab reports–as academic assignments–differ by educational institutions. That is, teachers can modify the report’s structure, asking students to write the paper differently. Overall, though, labs follow a typical format, such as the following:
- Methods and Materials
What makes a good lab report
Following a standard structure indeed gives the writer plenty of points. However, it isn’t enough to make the entire report perfect and revealing. Other than the mentioned components, a lab report must be:
- Accurate: It shouldn’t stall and provide redundant information that is unnecessary to know to understand the topic.
- Comprehensive: Although only small groups of people can understand the experiment, along with its methods, a lab report must be clear to everyone, regardless of educational background.
- Valuable: Dumping words on a paper helps finish the assignment. However, it doesn’t guarantee you will score a good mark because the report might not be meaningful. Good lab reports are always valuable and insightful.
Wasting no Time: Writing a Lab Report Time-Effectively
Being on a time shortage may prevent you from creating an excellent lab. But it’s way better to get B+ than an F. So let’s jump into writing, shall we?
Digging your notes out
First things first, make sure to find the notes about your experiment (we hope either you or your colleagues have something jotted down during the experiment). Notes are fundamental for labs; not only do they speed up the writing session, but they also let you make the task accurate, comprehensive, and valuable. Once you locate the notes, move on to creating a title page.
Creating a title page
Coming up with a title might seem like child’s play. Believe it or not, that one sentence makes a huge difference. If it’s not appealing enough, people will just pass by your report, as they wouldn’t find the title catchy. When developing a title, use brainstorming techniques like clustering or listing. They will help you create a real attention-getter that will entice everyone to keep following the piece.
Writing an introduction
Although an abstract goes right after the title, we suggest leaving it for the end. Right now, focus on the introduction. This paragraph must state the goal of your experiment and provide some background so that everyone can comprehend what your paper is about. Moreover, an intro comprises information about previous contributions to the field, applied theories, methods, and research. Try making it informative and brief.
Working on methods and materials
Methods and materials can be extensive and information-laden. But they also can be stubby, and considering that you’re short on time, we recommend sticking to the latter approach. Briefly, list down the list of materials, methods, and equipment used within the experiment. Doing that will suffice.
This section provides your audience with the raw (but precise) results of your experiment. Here, you don’t want to explain them. Nor do you need to include every figure in this section. Make sure to add only the most critical and decisive results, placing the rest in appendices. That’s where they belong to.
Discussion is widely agreed to be the most critical part of labs, as here, you step in and demonstrate your deep understanding of the experiment and everything connected with it. Your job is to analyze, explain, and interpret the results. To point you in the right direction, keep the following question in mind when working on the section: What is the importance of my results?
You can compress the lab’s conclusion, explaining what is known as a result of the experiment, what it might lack, and why more studies need to be done. You can also add a few words about implications.
Building a good abstract
Once you create the conclusion, return to the paper’s beginning and compose an abstract. Now that you know what your paper will look like, you can build a relevant and readable summary of your experiment. Ensure your abstract has a purpose, key results, essential discussion points, and a condensed conclusion. Remember to squeeze it all in under 200 words.