Do you find it difficult to spot mistakes in written work, or struggle to proofread your own writing?
Then here are our very best proofreading suggestions:
Take A Break First
- If you have just finished a piece of work, it might help to take a break before you start proofreading. Looking at the document with ‘fresh eyes’ will help you spot any errors. It can stop you seeing words that are not there – something we all do when we are reading our own, familiar work.
Check Your Facts And Figures
- Make sure that all your facts and information are correct – such as dates, contact numbers and names. Double-check them if necessary. You don’t want to waste time checking incorrect work.
- Use your computer’s spellchecker to find spelling mistakes. This is best done at the start of your proofreading, because it will make the rest easier for you.
Have Your Own Personal Dictionary
- Keep a list of words you often write incorrectly. This quick reference will help you to save time when you proofread again. You can also refer to it when writing future documents, to avoid a mistake in the first place.
Hear It Out Loud
- Try using text-to-speech software to listen back to the text you have written. Listening to your written work will really help you to spot errors. This is because you will be able to hear the mistake, and you are not just relying on visual processing.
End To Beginning
- Review the document from end to beginning for a final check. This way, you will only be looking to see if something looks wrong, because you won’t be taking in the meaning of the text. This makes you more likely to pick up spelling mistakes. It is a technique that seems strange at first, but it really works! Try it and see!
- Make your own proofreading checklist. A list of things to do every time you check through completed work. Use the suggestions we give you here. Print, or, write it out, and cross off each check once you have done it.
Follow these tips and your written work will be as accurate as you can make it. You will be able to submit it with pride and confidence!
Put these tips into action and have a go at proofreading the passage below:
Modes of Transport:
There are many different ways in which people can travel. These can very drasticaly depending on the distance. For example, people can use an aeroplane to travel a significant distance and they can use there bicycles to travel much shorter distances. Some people enjoy long distnce travel and others may feel it is to much for them. Delays and cancellatons can occur more frequently on some forms of transport than others, and these are never fun.
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