Most students have the perception that writing the academic paper is always the whole work done. In essence, writing is still three-quarters of the job done. It is therefore proper to consider editing and to proofread the work after it is all written. This will enable you to correct all the mistakes and perfect the paper into the required standard. Students also often find it hard to review their documents that one of their peers’. Since we all believe in our statements, it is always hard to convince ourselves that we have done the wrong thing. That’s why it becomes difficult to proofread an individual work done by yourself. For proper proofreading, therefore, one requires a lot of attention and practice. The following are some techniques that students should know to enhance their proofreading and editing skills.
1. Proofread always
You should always make it a habit of proofreading and thoroughly going through your done work before submission. Practicing to edit your work is very important though time-consuming, but it produces better results worth the time spent. Continuous practice, therefore, makes it easier to edit and proofread as many papers as possible.
2. Edit before proofreading
You should always consider perfecting the structure of the paper before proofreading. The student should then go through the paper sentence by sentence correcting all the mistakes including the spelling, grammar, and sentence structures. After making the necessary adjustments, you should now proofread and check if everything in the paper is right.
3. Use writing software
Students, more so the beginners should always consider using software’s such as Grammarly and other editing apps to correct their grammar and English mistakes.
4. Letting the paper off for some time.
It is advisable to keep the paper away for some few time to pay more attention to the mistakes the next time you are getting to it. This will enable you to correct the grammar mistakes, fallacies, and typos in your paper efficiently.
5. Go through the work more than once
As a good student, you should make a rule of going through your paper more than once. This will reduce the chance of overlooking the mistakes in the paper. You should, therefore, be going through the work done twice or thrice to make sure that it is free from any mistake.
6. Don’t edit large papers at once
You should be editing the papers bit by bit to keep the attention so high. Overworking one’s self will reduce the attention paid to the paper thus providing room for many mistakes to be left unattended.
7. Ask someone to read your paper
Giving someone your work to read will enable you to get feedback on which areas to improve or to perfect to make the paper outstanding. Noticing an error made by someone but not yourself is easy.
8. Check for punctuation
Students often make simple punctuation mistakes that are unintended. It is therefore important to review the paper checking if you have used the punctuation marks correctly all over the paper.