The process of writing a laboratory report will require some preparation and patience from you, as it is a kind of miniature scientific paper. After reading the title of the report and the tasks in it, nothing is clear to many students, and dozens of different questions arise. How to write my lab report? How to format it? How to come up with the right solution? Do not rush to give up. As you go through each section of the paper step by step, you will get a better understanding of how to write it.
First of all, carefully study the theory on which the laboratory report is being written. Many students are in a hurry to skip all the theoretical provisions, formulas and quickly move on to the practical part. But with this approach, you will have a poor understanding of what exactly you are checking and what you should get as a result. If the description of the theory in your training manual is too concise, use textbooks. Having understood the theory, you will become an expert in one small matter and will surely want to test your new knowledge in practice. And how much fun you can get by demonstrating your expertise to classmates or a teacher!
Carefully consider what elements you should include in the lab report. In addition to what is indicated in your training manual, these can be the following elements: an introduction, main body, conclusion. Having studied each of these elements, you will clearly understand what and in what sequence should be done. Pay special attention to the main part, which describes the work itself and the sequence of actions. Only then can you move on to practice.
Writing the Practical Part
Performing the sequence of steps described in the manual, try to follow the proposed instructions as accurately as possible. The more often you neglect the conditions of the experiment, the more the results will differ from the theoretical ones. For example, a student needs to heat water to a specific temperature, but they are tired of waiting, and something else distracted them from work. As a result, everything cooled down, and they were too lazy to heat the water again. Such sloppiness in work leads to the fact that students spend hours trying to adjust the values to the desired ones or come up with convincing reasons for the inconsistency of the results.
Be especially careful when recording the measurement results since fragmentary data in illegible handwriting on different sheets of paper will cause you a lot of trouble when they are summarized in tables and graphs.
Formatting of the Lab Report
Having completed the practical part, some people stop at this step without bringing the work to a result. One has only to imagine how they will perform this dreary work, where there is a lot of incomprehensible, as any desire to do this disappears. If you experience something like this, just start writing down the first lines. Gradually, you will get involved in the work and do it.
To properly format a laboratory report, study the recommendations in your manual, the requirements of the educational institution, as well as samples of finished papers. Even if the teacher finds a lot of errors in format or calculations in your report, you will gain invaluable experience, and the next time you will do the same work much faster.