Lesson №2 "The Art of Crafting Reports with ChatGPT: From Idea to Finished Project"

  1. Writing Reports from Scratch: Learn to Write Reports with ChatGPT from Topic Formulation to Source Verification


Welcome to the third lesson, designed to help you master the art of report creation with the assistance of ChatGPT. Writing a report is a task that can seem daunting, but with the right approach and the help of ChatGPT, it can be made much simpler.

The general plan of action will be as follows:

  1. Choosing and Formulating the Report Topic

Choosing a topic is a fundamental step in the report writing process. This step may seem trivial, but it requires a serious approach. The correct choice of topic not only generates interest in your report but also affects the entire subsequent research process.

So, what should you consider when choosing a topic?

  • Relevance: The topic should be current. It should align with the latest trends in science or society, provoke discussions, and have an impact on people or events around you.

  • Interest: Choose a topic that personally inspires you. This will help you maintain motivation throughout the report writing process.

  • Availability of Materials: Ensure that there are sufficient available sources for research on your chosen topic.

How can ChatGPT assist in this process? Let's take a look at an example:

Request: "ChatGPT, I need to choose a topic for an environmental report that would be current and interesting. I have a particular interest in issues of oceanic plastic pollution. Can you suggest some topic options?"

Response from ChatGPT:

This example demonstrates how ChatGPT can assist in formulating interesting and relevant topics based on your interests and current academic requirements.

  1. Planning and Structuring

Planning and structuring are key steps in the process of creating a report. Your plan serves as a map to guide you through the complex world of research work. Without a plan, one can get lost amidst a plethora of information, ideas, and opportunities.

Structuring your report will help you stay on track and organize your thoughts more effectively. Typically, the structure of a report includes the following elements:

  • Introduction: Here you introduce your topic and state the purpose of the research.

  • Literature Review: In this section, you discuss the research that has already been conducted on your topic.

  • Methodology: Here you explain how you intend to collect and analyze data.

  • Results and Analysis: In this section, you present and analyze the data you have gathered.

  • Conclusion: Here you summarize your findings and draw conclusions, as well as suggest areas for further research.

Now let's see how ChatGPT can be useful in this task with an example:

Request: "ChatGPT, I need to develop a structure for a report on the topic 'The Impact of Microplastics on Marine Fauna: A Research Overview'. Can you help?"

ChatGPT's Response:

This example demonstrates how ChatGPT can assist in formulating the structure of a report, taking into account the specifics of the chosen topic.

  1. Research and Writing of the Main Text:

Research and writing the main text are the heart of your report. This is the time when you delve into the topic, study scientific papers, collect data, analyze results, and create your unique research proposition. To simplify this process, the approach to research and writing should be methodical and systematic.

The first step in research usually involves reading background information about the topic. Then, move on to more specific sources, such as articles in scientific journals and books. At each stage, you should have clear notes that you can use as source material for your report.

When writing the main text of the report, it is important to consider the style and format requirements of your educational institution. Pay special attention to clarity and consistency of presentation, as well as careful citation of sources.

And here, ChatGPT can become a useful tool. Here are a few examples of how it can help:

  • Text Generation: If you find it difficult to start or you have encountered "writer's block", ask ChatGPT to generate the first paragraph for your section. Request: "ChatGPT, help me write an introduction for my report on the impact of microplastics on marine fauna."


  • Hints and Ideas: If you're lacking ideas for a specific section of your report, ask ChatGPT to suggest ideas or directions for further research.

Request: "ChatGPT, I need ideas for the section on the effects of microplastic exposure on sea turtles."

Response from ChatGPT:

  • Assistance in writing specific sections of a report: ChatGPT can assist in writing specific sections of a report, such as the introduction, conclusion, or even transitions between sections.

Request: "ChatGPT, help me formulate a transition from the section on the general impact of microplastics on marine fauna to the section on the specific effects on sea turtles."

ChatGPT's response:

Using ChatGPT as a tool in the research and writing process can significantly ease the workload, help articulate thoughts and ideas, and improve the quality of your final report.

  1. Editing and paraphrasing

After the main text of the report is ready, one of the most important stages of the writing process follows – editing and paraphrasing. This stage helps to enhance the quality of your report, ensuring that ideas are clearly presented, the text is coherent and free of spelling errors, and that the entire material is relevant to the chosen topic. In the previous lesson, we already looked at this stage using the example of academic works in general, but now we suggest that you explore this aspect from the perspective of report writing.

Editing typically involves checking for grammar and spelling, adjusting style and tone, clarifying arguments, restructuring sentences and paragraphs if necessary, and making sure all references to sources are properly formatted.

Paraphrasing is another key element of the editing process. It helps make your report more understandable by replacing complex sentences or technical terms with simpler and clearer formulations. However, it is important to remember that the author's ideas should not be distorted when paraphrasing.

ChatGPT can be a very useful tool in the editing and paraphrasing process. Here's how:

  • Paraphrasing complex sentences: If you have a complex sentence that is difficult to understand, you can ask ChatGPT to paraphrase it for you.

Request: "ChatGPT, please paraphrase the following sentence for me so it becomes easier to understand for the audience: 'Environmental degradation caused by active human activity is a multifaceted and complex process that has numerous consequences for the biosphere.'"

ChatGPT's response:

  • Assistance with Text Editing: You can ask ChatGPT to check your text for grammatical errors or help improve the structure and style of your report.

Request: "ChatGPT, help me enhance the following paragraph and edit it if necessary: 'To assess the level of microplastic particle pollution, a study was conducted in the Russian waters of the Barents Sea. The findings of the study revealed that the largest sea in the Arctic Ocean basin and one of the largest seas in the Russian Federation has a concentration of microplastics comparable to the most polluted regions on Earth. In 2018, samples were taken near Novaya Zemlya, and in the summer of 2019, samples were collected near Spitsbergen.

The data obtained is alarming: near Spitsbergen, 10,000 microplastic particles per square kilometer were detected, while near Novaya Zemlya, concentrations reached 1 million microplastic particles per square kilometer. This is explained by the fact that there is a circulation of water masses in these areas, and the warm Atlantic current, the Gulf Stream, splits into two directions. One turns towards the Barents Sea, the other goes between Spitsbergen and Greenland. The current carries microplastics from the densely populated coasts of Europe and America into Arctic waters. In addition, there is significant pressure on the Barents Sea from the fishing industry and shipping.'"

ChatGPT's Response:

ChatGPT can become a powerful tool to assist you in the editing and paraphrasing process, making your report more comprehensible and well-written.

  1. Source Verification and Reference List Compilation:

Source verification and creating a reference list are critically important aspects of crafting any academic text. Utilizing credible sources strengthens your report, lends it authority, and ensures that you are basing your work on verified and current data. A reference list, or bibliography, reflects the depth of research you have conducted and provides the reader with the opportunity to independently explore the sources for additional information or fact-checking.

Below are examples of how ChatGPT can assist with these tasks:

  • Source Credibility Verification: Finding reliable sources can be a challenging task. ChatGPT can help you assess whether a source is credible or not.

Request: "ChatGPT, how can I verify the credibility of an information source?"

ChatGPT's response:

  • Formatting the reference list: Proper formatting of the reference list is a key aspect of writing a report. There are various citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, and others), and the choice of a specific style usually depends on the requirements of your educational institution. ChatGPT can assist you in correctly formatting source references, following academic standards.

Request: "ChatGPT, show me how to format a source reference in MLA style."

ChatGPT's response:

In addition to that, ChatGPT can assist you with verifying the correctness of your source citations, confirming the credibility of a source, and much more. It is important to remember that ChatGPT is a tool, and like any tool, it should be used in conjunction with your own skills and knowledge.

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