How to Write an Acknowledgement – A Complete Guide

Writing an acknowledgement for a project can be difficult if you don’t know what and how to write in it. 

Writing an acknowledgement is like saying ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has helped you throughout your project. You express your gratitude to those helping you. But, people find difficulty in saying ‘Thank You’ naturally, as repeating the words ‘Thank You’ multiple times sounds awkward and boring. This article will help you make your acknowledgement sound natural.

Start by listing all the people whom you wish to thank for helping or collaborating with your project. It could be your teacher, your friends, families, your college, and others. List everyone whom you think has helped you achieve your project goals. 

Then you would have to organize them, starting with those people who helped you the most with the project. After that, you can thank your college or university as well. And finally, thank those people who supported you morally. They can usually be your family, friends, and colleagues. 

You can also thank people in groups, and thank a particular group in a single sentence: For example, “I would like to thank Dr. Steve, Dr. Matt, and my professor Diana for their support in this project.” 

Where to write an acknoweldgement?

Generally, Acknowledgements are written at the beginning of the project report just after the table of content. For term papers, you can also write your acknowledgement at the end, after the conclusion, and before the reference section.  

How long should an acknowledgement be?

The length of an acknowledgement should not be more than one page if you are writing for your thesis or dissertation. You should keep your acknowledgement as short as possible thanking all the individuals helping your throughout the project.

For a simple college or school project, you should write at least a paragraph or two thanking at least your college/school and teachers/instructors. A short 1-2 paragraph or 100-150 words for your acknowledgement section is fine.

Whom to Thank in your Acknowledgement?

In your acknowledgement you can thank everyone who helped you technically, intellectually, or financially(assistance with grants or monetary help). Technical help may include people who helped you providing materials and supplies. Providing academic advice and assistant

You can acknowledge the following personnel while writing an acknowledgement.

  • Your Supervisor/ Teacher
  • Professors
  • Lab Assistant
  • Academic staff of your school/college
  • Your college/school
  • Your Department
  • Classmates
  • Your Friends/Your colleagues
  • Family

You will need a good knowledge of vocabulary so that you don’t just repeat, ‘Thank You’ on every line of your acknowledgement. Using some good vocabulary will make your writing more interesting to read. If you would like to make an impressive acknowledgement page, you can look out for different samples of acknowledgement in this blog. 

While writing acknowledgement personal pronouns like ‘I, my, me …’ are always used. These pronouns are generally avoided in the rest of the report.To write a good acknowledgement, you can use some of these common phrases below to use in your acknowledgement page. 

Phrases to use while writing an Acknowledgement

Strong ‘Thank You’

(You will use these lines for those who have helped you the most.)

  • I’m extremely grateful to …
  • I’d like to express my deepest thanks to…
  • This project would not have been possible without…
  • I cannot begin to express my thanks to……, who…
  • I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to…
  • I would like to pay my special regards to …
  • I would like to recognize the invaluable assistance of…..

Medium ‘Thank You’

  • I would also like to thank…
  • I must also thank…
  • I’d also like to express my gratitude to…
  • Especially, I would like to thank…
  • I am very grateful to…
  • I should also appreciate…

Weaker ‘Thank You’

  • I’d also like to acknowledge the help of…
  • I’d also like to thank…
  • Finally, I would like to thank…
  • I am very grateful to…

After thanking everyone, you should also mention why you are thanking them. You can thank those people for their advice, suggestions, sharing their experience, guidance, support, etc., and appreciate their support and help for your project.

Using these techniques and vocabulary will help you write a better acknowledgement for your report.

Ravi

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