How to be a better proofreader
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Eliminate distracting errors
Do you proofread your writing? If you
don't take that last minute look for mistakes before handing in papers, you may let some errors
slip by that will affect your grade. Just depending on a computer spell-check will not be
- Try proofreading from the bottom up. This will force you to focus on individual
words rather than on meaning.
- Read your papers out loud.
Not only will you catch typographical errors by reading aloud, you will also hear incorrect
or awkward phrasing.
- Never proofread anything immediately after you have written it.
Take a break after you've written something. When you come back to it, the document will
look fresh and you'll be more likely to notice mistakes.
- Use your computer's spell- and grammar-check features.
processing programs highlight spelling and grammar mistakes on
screen. Thus, you quickly see where corrections may be needed. Be aware, however, that such
programs look for incorrectly spelled words, not incorrectly used words.
- Proofread twice.
- First, read a paper through for content. Ensure that all of the information is correct.
- Once you are satisfied with the content, read through the paper again, checking spelling and
- Don't do all your proofreading on the computer screen.
Mistakes are easier to
catch on paper (what some call "hard copy") than they are on computer screens.
- Develop a buddy system in which someone else proofreads everything you write.
You know what you meant to say. Thus, although your eye sees an error, it may not register in
your mind. Having another person proof your papers makes it more likely that errors will be
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