8: Revise and Proofread
Step 8: Revise and Proofread
Revision is actually something a good writer does throughout the writing process. Every time you consider which ideas to add or delete, every time you change a word or phrase to make your essay sound better, you are revising.
Revision does not mean "recopying" what you've already written. Revision means making changes to the content of the paper so that every word, sentence, and paragraph makes sense to the reader.
Many students tend to rush through revising; they're anxious to get done with the assignment. But a good writer will revise as much as necessary before the deadline to get the best possible result.
Three areas in
particular to examine as you consider how to improve the
content and style of your essay are as follows:
The opening paragraph should state the central idea.
3. Will a reader be able to follow the essay?
Ideas should be laid out in a logical order.
4. Do all the facts, examples, and reasons support the central idea?
Details should be fully developed and related to the topic.
5. Are sentences clear and effective?
A variety of sentence types should be used to keep the essay interesting.
Proofreading is different from revision. Whereas revision focuses on improving the content of the essay, proofreading deals with recognizing and correcting errors or punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammar.
Try these techniques as you revise and proofread your paper: