10: Reread the Final Draft
Step 10: Reread the Final Draft
REREAD YOUR ESSAY
Sometimes it's difficult at this point in the writing process to look over your essay again, but it's crucial that you reread you piece one last time. Often in the rush to type or write the final copy careless errors, that can be easily corrected, are made.
With a blue or black pen in hand, read your essay slowly aloud. If you find that a word or letter is missing, very neatly and carefully add it in, using the caret symbol ( ^ ) if you have to. If you find a spelling error, neatly cross out the misspelled word with a single line, and write the correct spelling above. You can also use some white-out sparingly to cover the error, wait for it to dry, and then make your correction.
If you only find a few errors, that's okay; your teacher will appreciate the time you took to search and correct your mistakes before turning your paper in. However, if you find a lot of errors and your paper starts to look messy from corrections, you should consider rewriting or reprinting the essay. You want the physical appearance of your paper to make a positive first impression to the reader.
Remember to include an intriguing title for your essay; then, turn in your paper with a feeling of pride and accomplishment for a job well-done!