Essay Proofreading Recommendations Part 2
March 25, 2018
Check what you’re trying to say instead you have to look at it on a sentence by sentence level, it also helps if you know you have a tendency for run-ons and fragments because you’ll see sentences that are really long and you can look and see if it’s a run-on sentence. You’ll also see Center says that are really short or that don’t quite make sense all by themselves, which might mean that their sentence fragments.
I guarantee you you’ll find at least one mistake by reading backwards. Then you just read through it one more time from the beginning to end. This time with all of the changes in there to make sure that it still makes sense, that you didn’t fix something and overcorrect or relieve something out in the correction. You want to make sure that the essay flows well, that you like the way it sounds.
Then you can put in any finishing touches if you have them, if you have transition words missing or if you want to add a final thought or something like that. Now I just have some final hints for you to help you the first hint is that it’s okay for the essay to be a little bit messy – it’s a rough draft and it’s handwritten which is not ideal the reader knows that I know. That or if it’s the final exam whoever is reading it knows that they know that it’s a polished first draft that you’re writing by hand on that you have a time limit. You’re not going to have time to write a whole draft and then copy it all over again. To make it neat and perfect you want to make your Corrections as neat as possible and use whiteout or drill just a single line through and put the correction above it, but if it’s messy, if you have to number your paragraphs, if you do have cross-outs that’s not the end of the world and you’re certainly not going to be penalized also you want to make sure it’s clear exactly where one paragraph ends and the next begins.
Do your best to remember to indent your paragraphs and indent them far enough again that it’s clear that this is a new paragraph. If you forget to indent then go back at the end and number your paragraphs or draw a line a slash something so that it’s clear that you don’t have just one huge long paragraph and that you have actually an introduction, a couple of body paragraphs and a conclusion paragraph each by themselves.
We need to know as a reader that you know how to do your paragraphing so it’s really important and it’s something that people forget when they’re in a hurry. You might also want to consider double spacing by skipping a line on the paper, it makes it easier to make corrections and it’s a lot neater it just makes your life easier when you’re doing the proofreading and also if you decide when you’re reading through something that you want to add a sentence or two. It leaves you a little space to do that one thing that I’ve seen that’s really clever that students do is they go through at the beginning and put an X at the beginning of every other line and that serves as a little reminder to help you remember to double spaced. Because a lot of times what happens is we start out double spaced then as we get going in we get wrapped up in it we forgot and then my last hint is just that you need to trust yourself. Don’t panic even if the topic seems weird or scary, take a deep breath, trust yourself, do your best to come up with support for an argument. It doesn’t have to be awesome support, we know again that it’s a time situation just do the best that you can and trust that you know what you’re doing! I hope you found this article helpful good luck on your exam!