Proofreading Your Paper
1. Take a Fresh Look at Your Essay
- Read your writing out loud.
- Print your essay and read through it.
2. Assess the Organization
- Compare your draft to your outline if you wrote one.
- Do all your paragraphs relate to the thesis?
- Does your discussion follow a logical path?
4. Look at the Content in Your Essay
- Does the introduction match the body?
- Does each body paragraph make sense and focus on one specific point?
- Do paragraphs connect to one another through transitions?
- Does the conclusion provide a logical close and leave the reader with something to consider?
5. Check for Errors
Read through the paper several times, looking for just one thing at a time. To start, focus only on verb tense. Is it consistent and correct throughout? Then you could read and focus only on capitalization, for example. Use these questions to check for errors:
- Is the verb tense consistent throughout?
- Is the capitalization correct?
- Is there repetition?
- Are all words spelled correctly?
- Are the words specific?
- Is each sentence correct and clear?
- Are any of the paragraphs or sentences really long? Is it possible to break them up for clarity?
- Begin, keep, and use a list of the errors you typically make and only check for those errors.
- Take a final break from your paper, and then read it through one last time before turning it in.