Once you’ve finished your assignment, it’s important you proofread your work before submitting it. But what is proofreading? And what are the techniques involved in this process?
Proofreading is an important part of the writing process, aiming to identify and correct grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling mistakes.
When proofreading your work, firstly you need to read it carefully and determine if the title and the introduction communicate the aim of the paper, also making sure that the whole body and conclusion highlight the right messages. At this first step, you might need to rephrase several sentences or conduct more research to make your statements more convincing.
Once this stage has been completed, you should focus more on analysing the paper, meaning that you should read the paper carefully to look for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and word usage. In this way, you will be sure to communicate your messages in the right way.
Proofreading can be a quite time-consuming task; so, we’ve put together several tips to speed up your proofreading process while keeping the quality of your efforts:
- Keep yourself focused – When proofreading, concentration is key as you need to focus to spot any mistakes. So, get rid of any distractors, switch off the phone, turn the music off and find a quiet place. Quiet areas in the library are one of the best spots to run this process.
- Create a checklist – Write down all the areas (grammar, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation) you need to cover during your proofreading process, so you will not forget any. But remember to check off each aspect once you’ve completed it!
- Take breaks – Manage your time and take breaks every 15-30 minutes. Trying to finish the proofreading process nonstop can be very hard, as after a while you will not be concentrating enough anymore.
- Read your work on paper – People read texts on the screen and on paper in a different way. So we suggest you run your proofreading process on a print a copy. Also, try to read your work aloud so you can spot any punctuation mistakes.
- Focus on one area at a time – Considered an aspect at a time – in this way you will speed up your proofreading process along with enhancing your proofreading skills.
- Ask someone else to proofread – After you’ve finished your first proofreading, grab a friend and ask them to proofread for you. They will be able to spot mistakes you’ve missed, along with valuing if your sentences are written appropriately.
In conclusion, proofreading is a fundamental process every student should consider before submitting their work. So, be motivated and start spotting any mistakes in your work -with the tips above, you’ll finish quickly!