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How to Write an Impressive College Lab Report

Experimental activities and observations are crucial when it comes to science students. A lab report is an academic paper used primarily in higher school to let prospect researchers demonstrate their skills acquired along with specific study results obtained. As such, this is a good opportunity for college students to start building up their professional reputation. To get the most from such a chance, it is important to be able to produce a high-grade lab report to impress your supervising teacher.
The main idea behind any college lab assignments or homework assignments as wrote on is to learn and verify, through experiments and observations, already existing suggestions provided in books. This means students are not expected to make any groundbreaking conclusions. All they have to do is to demonstrate their practical skills, obtain valid results and describe the process in their lab report. That being said, composing an impressive report is crucial. Let’s discuss what you need to succeed.

  • Pre-lab preparation. Prior to entering a laboratory room, it is important to know the purpose of the work to be done. Make sure you clearly understand the goal of the assignment, namely what theoretical concept or assumption you will have to prove. Think about what procedures and manipulations the activity should involve.
  • Make a plan. To avoid wasting time during your lab session, it is helpful to draw up a detailed plan of the activity. Provide it in the beginning of your report to help your readers follow the process. Producing the plan in the form of a flowchart is a good idea.
  • Taking notes. Once in the lab, make sure you register everything happening during the work. Just write down anything you see and measure, no matter how relevant it seems to you at the moment. The data derived should be analyzed at a later stage, when you will have the necessary time and experimental evidence to reflect and make conclusions. Now, you just have no enough material to decide on the importance of each registered event or value.
  • Data interpretation. Once the laboratory activities are over, it’s time to analyze and interpret all sorts of readings and observations collected. To facilitate your analysis as well as help your readers easier perceive fruits of your lab endeavors, consider systemizing all the data available in the form of tables, charts, pie or bar graphs etc. This method helps make evaluation and pattern determination much more productive.
  • Conclusion. Now, it’s time to proceed to writing the last section of your paper, namely conclusion, based on lab and post-lab routines performed by the moment. This part should contain a concise summary of everything you have done and found. Remind your readers what suggestion you had to prove and show how your experiment’s results correspond to the theoretical concept under investigation. If there is inconsistency, provide your interpretation of why this is the case. In such a situation, it is also important to offer your own plan in respect to how the lab results can be improved during future experimental activities.