4 Tips for Writing a College Book Report!

College Book Report

English assignments can often be lengthy, especially when your course instructor asks you to write a book report as an assignment or homework. College kids struggle with many things. And writing a college book report is one of them. 

So in case you are someone in college who needs to write a book report, or maybe you need to hire a math homework helper, but does not know where to start, you are at the right place.

Here are a few super helpful tips to help you write a killer book report for your college homework or assignment. 

1. Read the Book First

Many students work on their book reports without reading the book first. That has become quite common among college students. They procrastinate to the point that they write the book report a day before the deadline. Thus, they do not get the time to go through the whole book.

This habit can affect the quality of the book report. Reading the whole book will help you understand what the author is trying to say or suggest. Besides, going through the book will discover points that will appeal to you and perhaps only you. That will allow you to talk in detail about that point. You cannot do the same just by reading a summary of that book. Reading the whole thing will help you make the report unique, which is the way it should be.

2. Identify the Key Characters and Plot Points

While reading the book, you need to take notes and highlight important points. Otherwise, the whole reading will go to waste. After all, the purpose of reading the book is to identify all the important plot points and get an in-depth view of the characters (if any). 

When taking notes on the characters, you will have to dissect them. That means you cannot just talk about their physical appearance and be done with it. You also need to explore their character traits, what kind of emotions they show, how they act in certain situations, their relationships with other prominent characters, and so on. Delving into the character analysis for the key characters can help you build on the book report.

Then comes the plot points. Here, you will have to look for the major story arcs (we will talk about dissecting them in the next section).

Other than that, you will also have to identify the progression of the different plots. That will let you reflect on the overall book and conclude whether the author did justice to the story and its characters.

3. Reflect on the Major Story Arcs

When writing the report, you might have to reflect on the major story arcs. And for that, you need to look closely at those arcs. It can become hard to do so on your own. After all, not everyone can make head or tail of all the story arcs. Hence, you will have to go through existing reports or Q&As that relate to that book.

The English answers at sweetstudy.com (previously Homework Market) can help you out with that. Students often ask intriguing questions about such story arcs and subjects on the platform. And they always get an answer from skilled writers and experts in the field. You too can post your queries or thoughts on the platform, and see what the professionals have to say. 

Once you go through those answers, you can cross-check them with your findings, and start working on the actual report.

4. Set Up a Structure for Writing the Report

Book reports usually follow a simple structure. At first, you have the introduction to the book, its main plot, and what to expect from it. The conclusion covers how the book reads, what it gets right, where it messes up, and what the overall takeaway is (if any).

The middle or main part of the report needs to be comprehensive. In it, you can break down the plot, characters, including key plot points and twists, focus on particular incidents or characters, and so on. The size of this part will depend on how big the report needs to be. 

Many teachers would want you to provide your input in the report as well. However, not everyone will ask for it. So clear this part out with your teacher before you go about with it. In case you are told to include your input, do so a bit technically. You can get emotional in some cases, but try not to make things overwhelming. Instead, keep things constructive. You might even go as far as comparing the book with some of the author’s other works.

Ensuring all these will help you craft the perfect book report. All you have to do is execute these tips properly, and your report will turn out just the way you want it. And then you will also be better prepared to write your resume when the time comes.

College book report article and permission to publish here provided by Roger Dutta. Originally written for Supply Chain Game Changer and published on January 30, 2022.