Take a break for a few hours.
• A fresh set of eyes will allow you to view the essay with
• Ask a peer or relative to read your essay to look for
• Read your essay aloud, pretending you are presenting it
to an audience. Listen for errors or awkward phrasing.
• Read from end to beginning.
• Reading your essay backwards will sound fresh to your
ears and new to your eyes.
Conclusion Body Introduction
• Use the Grammar and Spell-check in Word.
• Know your weaknesses. Catalogue a list of common
errors you tend to make and double-check for those
List of Common Errors
Did I remove all first and second person
references from my paper?
Have I eliminated all run-on sentences
from my paper?
Have I overused commas?
Have I used colloquial terms, such as got,
• Determine the medium for your best proofing.
• Do you proofread better from a printed text?
• Do you proofread better from a digital text?
Change your perspective.
•Changing the look
may help you more easily
• Proofread in a place with no distractions or loud noises.
• Edit in short bursts of time if possible.
• Sweep for errors by proofreading for only one type of
error at a time.
• Examples of proofreading errors:
-First person and second person elimination
-Proper APA formatting
• Knowledge is power!
• If something looks wrong, look it up or ask your instructor.
• For instance, Google the differences between using who
and that or who and whom. If you know you struggle with
certain writing problems, search for resources that provide
insight on common errors, such as run-ons and comma
• We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not
an act, but a habit.
• Stick with your system. Once you have developed a
revision and proofreading system that works, continue to
• Using the same system encourages consistency and
more thorough editing.
o What are the three parts of an introductory
o What should be present in each body paragraph?
o What are the three parts of a conclusion paragraph?
o What is the difference between revising and
o What revising and proofreading tips appeal to you?
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