I have been using latex for abut four months now but by all means I am a total nube.

I was wondering if anyone had a template for homework (specifically a one page report). My teacher is pretty anal about the report being just one page and I am finding that the article class has too much white-space.

Does anyone have a template they would like to share?

One thing I did to reduce the white space was:


Other things that take up unproportionate amounts of whitespace include:

  • the title made by \maketitle
  • headings made by \section
  • narrow margins
  • Two small comments: (a) I assume you already know about the fullpage package? (b) Honestly, I can't see why you need to section a one-page report. Sep 30, 2010 at 16:22
  • @Willie, I like to add headings to my work. I find that this improves readability. For example: purpose, approach, findings, conclusions, one paragraph for each. Sep 30, 2010 at 17:59
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    Since you are constrained to 1 page anyway, there's not much point in using \ref and \label pairs to refer to the headings; and you won't be using a TOC, will it be agreeable to just fake it with \noindent \textbf{Heading.} It is not the semantically correct sol'n, but will probably save you some trouble. Sep 30, 2010 at 19:31

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The savetrees package uses lots of tricks like these to cram as much material as possible into a page. Not typographically great, but sounds like something you might like.


Multiple columns with multicol

Less spacing between itemize bullets with mdwlist (using itemize* )

Shrinking section headings with \usepackage[medium,compact]{titlesec} (or [small,compact] if you're hardcore) Titlesec

And someone's already mentioned savetrees

And the answers to this question are super relevant.


The fullpage package gives you margins which are smaller than the normal margins and resembles the margins most WYSIWYG systems give you as default.


Try some awesome homework templates by Ted Pavlic (I had to modify them for my purposes).


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