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Revision and Proofreading How to Revise your own Writing



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BCCC Tutoring Center 1 Revision and Proofreading How to Revise Your Own Writing Revision and proofreading are essential to the writing process and involve more than simply checking your spelling Think of revision in two stages 1 Revising for content meaning and structure 2 Editing and proofreading word choice grammar punctuation Proofreading entails reading for errors particularly grammar and typos Try the below strategies and the checklist on the following page to help you polish your writing Revision and Proofreading Strategies Consider the following revision and proofreading hints See the Little Brown Compact Reader and the Purdue Online Writing Lab for further suggestions Review professors comments from previously written papers and consider how that feedback might apply to your current paper Do some self assessment That is be aware of grammatical or other writing issues that have given you problems in the past Then target these areas of your paper as you revise and proofread Consider keeping a grammar or writing journal to record these issues As you proofread look for patterns of errors and include these in your journal as well For example if you identify a problem with using commas in a series of items read through your paper one time or more searching only for commas in a series Repeat this process with other errors to help you focus on one issue at a time To help in recognizing errors proofread a hard copy of your paper as opposed to an electronic version Read the hard copy aloud at a slow even pace concentrating on each word as it appears on the paper Avoid reading aloud too quickly as doing so may cause you to inadvertently substitute your own thoughts for those words that are actually on the page Use a pencil to follow each sentence as you proofread This strategy also helps to isolate a sentence enabling you to focus on each component or word Proofread the paper backwards to help you focus at the sentence level instead of on the paper s content Try this



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