State what’s in the tables/figures, etc. and refer to them in the text.
Comment on but do NOT interpret the
results in this section.
Use the present tense when discussing the tables and figures, e.g. Figure 5 shows...Table 1 indicates…
Use the past when discussing the study, e.g. Over 80% of the material used was found to be contaminated.
Label figures below the figure.
Label tables above the table.
Interpret your results and relate them to the objectives of the research/study.
Discuss how the results are the same or different from similar studies.
Explain what the experiment has shown.
Discuss unpredicted outcomes and provide reasons.
Use the present tense to explain the
significance of and to interpret results, e.g. Removal of waste from the lake appears to positively affect ... This shows ... Use the past tense to summarise findings, e.g. Studies of the economic feasibility showed that...
Sum up the main points of your findings and mention their implications.
Make sure main points relate to the objectives/hypothesis stated in the
Make suggestions for future research which correspond to points made in the body of the report.