Proofreading and Editing Your Essay Text Description

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Proofreading and editing your essay

  • Techniques

    • Read your work backwards - it helps you avoid a content focus.
    • Read your work aloud. This means you consider all words.
    • Take regular breaks; proofreading can be tiring.
    • Give yourself enough time to proofread slowly and carefully.
    • Proofread for different elements in each reading.
    • Show your draft to others and act on feedback.
  • Language issues

    • Have I read my essay and not just relied on my computer's spellchecker?
    • Have I used consistent spelling?
    • Have I used non-discriminatory language?
    • Are all my sentences grammatically correct?
    • Have I used correct punctuation?
    • Have I separated related ideas in long sentences with commas and semi-colons?
  • Considering the reader

    • Is my essay well presented throughout?
    • Have I used direct and clear language?
    • Have I said enough, but not too much?
    • Are my transitional words/expressions varied or always the same?
    • Can the reader easily distinguish my voice?
    • Have I explained all my ideas explicitly?
    • Is my essay visually balanced?
  • Formatting

    • Have I used a sans serif font?
    • Have I used a plain font (not comic sans)?
    • Does the formatting follow set guidelines?
    • Is my spacing correct?
    • Are my margins set properly?
    • Have I used indentation where appropriate?
    • Have I numbered all pages?
    • Have I included a cover sheet (if required)?
    • Have I always followed the required referencing conventions?