PROOFREADING
STRATEGIES
COM/156
Proofreading Strategies
Take a break for a few hours.

• A fresh set of eyes will allow you to view the essay with

renewe...
Proofreading Strategies
• Ask a peer or relative to read your essay to look for

glaring errors.

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Bing Images
Proofreading Strategies
• Role-play
• Read your essay aloud, pretending you are presenting it

to an audience. Listen for ...
Proofreading Strategies
• Read from end to beginning.
• Reading your essay backwards will sound fresh to your

ears and ne...
Proofreading Strategies
• Use the Grammar and Spell-check in Word.

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Bing Images
Proofreading Strategies
• Know your weaknesses. Catalogue a list of common

errors you tend to make and double-check for t...
Proofreading Strategies
• Determine the medium for your best proofing.

• Do you proofread better from a printed text?

• ...
Proofreading Strategies

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Change your perspective.

•Changing the look

of your

may help you more easily
recognize erro...
Proofreading Strategies
• Proofread in a place with no distractions or loud noises.
Proofreading Strategies
• Edit in short bursts of time if possible.
Proofreading Strategies
• Sweep for errors by proofreading for only one type of

error at a time.
• Examples of proofreadi...
Proofreading Strategies
• Knowledge is power!
• If something looks wrong, look it up or ask your instructor.
• For instanc...
Proofreading Strategies
• We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not

an act, but a habit.

-Aristotle
• Stick...
Review
o What are the three parts of an introductory
paragraph?
o What should be present in each body paragraph?
o What ar...
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  1. 1. PROOFREADING STRATEGIES COM/156
  2. 2. Proofreading Strategies Take a break for a few hours. • A fresh set of eyes will allow you to view the essay with renewed energy.
  3. 3. Proofreading Strategies • Ask a peer or relative to read your essay to look for glaring errors. Image from Bing Images
  4. 4. Proofreading Strategies • Role-play • Read your essay aloud, pretending you are presenting it to an audience. Listen for errors or awkward phrasing.
  5. 5. Proofreading Strategies • Read from end to beginning. • Reading your essay backwards will sound fresh to your ears and new to your eyes. Conclusion  Body  Introduction
  6. 6. Proofreading Strategies • Use the Grammar and Spell-check in Word. Image from Bing Images
  7. 7. Proofreading Strategies • Know your weaknesses. Catalogue a list of common errors you tend to make and double-check for those errors. 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, kids, pop?
  8. 8. Proofreading Strategies • Determine the medium for your best proofing. • Do you proofread better from a printed text? • Do you proofread better from a digital text? Images from Bing Images
  9. 9. Proofreading Strategies • Change your perspective. •Changing the look of your may help you more easily recognize errors. document
  10. 10. Proofreading Strategies • Proofread in a place with no distractions or loud noises.
  11. 11. Proofreading Strategies • Edit in short bursts of time if possible.
  12. 12. Proofreading Strategies • Sweep for errors by proofreading for only one type of error at a time. • Examples of proofreading errors: -First person and second person elimination -Tense consistency -Proper APA formatting -Punctuation
  13. 13. Proofreading Strategies • 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 splices. Image from Bing Images
  14. 14. Proofreading Strategies • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle • Stick with your system. Once you have developed a revision and proofreading system that works, continue to perfect it. • Using the same system encourages consistency and more thorough editing.
  15. 15. Review o What are the three parts of an introductory paragraph? 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 proofreading? o What revising and proofreading tips appeal to you?
  16. 16. References • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Accuracy. (n. d.). [Media]. Retrieved from http://www.aicpa.org/interestareas/youngcpanetwork/resources/career/pages/5tipstomakingyourwritingmoreexciting.aspx Balance. (n. d.). [Media]. Retrieved from http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=balance+&FORM=HDRSC2#view=detail&id=5DA26BD87762E024A8887A93339ACCB 9E126CDA5&selectedIndex=2 Clarity. (n. d.). [Media]. Retrieved from http://wic.oregonstate.edu/news/clarity-remains-king-fall-faculty-seminar-recap Delivery. (n. d.). [Media]. Retrieved from http://www.ajcctech.com/Pasadena-Pick-Up-Delivery-Computer-Support.html Digital Proofreading. (n. d.) [Media]. Retrieved from http://www.deskshare.com/resources/articles/proofread-documents.aspx Editing. (n. d.). [Media]. Retrieved from http://janefriedman.com/2013/05/31/find-freelance-book-editor/ Focus. (n. d.). [Media]. Retrieved from http://lifehacker.com/5689579/five-best-distraction+free-writing-tools Grammar and Spell Check. (n. d.) [Media]. Retrieved from http://www.tutorialspoint.com/word_2010/word_spell_check.htm Hamburger. (n. d.). [Media]. Retrieved from http://www.sparknotes.com/testprep/books/newsat/chapter6section3.rhtml Organization Definition. (n. d.) [Media]. Retrieved from http://stockfresh.com/image/501756/word-organization Peer Review. (n. d.). [Media]. Retrieved from http://blog.socrato.com/student-peer-evaluation-plusses-and-minuses/ Presentation. (n. d.). [Media]. Retrieved from http://www.whyhowproveit.co.uk/ Proofreading Marks. (n. d.). [Media]. Retrieved from https://www.boundless.com/writing/paper-execution/revising-yourpaper/revising-your-paper/ Sloan Consortium. (2013). New Study: Over 6.7 million Students Learning Online. Retrieved from http://sloanconsortium.org/news_press/january2013_new-study-over-67-million-students-learning-online Sweep. (n. d.). [Media]. Retrieved from http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=sweep+&FORM=HDRSC2#view=detail&id=D1D01ACE9CE516C509DBBEC7F15DB0 AC9C1CA047&selectedIndex=0 Stop Watch. (n. d.). [Media]. Retrieved from http://blog.paperrater.com/2010/03/proofreading.html Tone. (n. d.). [Media]. Retrieved from http://yeahwriters.tumblr.com/post/47802331062
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