Writing your essay
Proofread and edit your essay
Now it is time to proofread and edit your essay to a professional standard. Proofread your essay with fresh eyes to avoid missing any careless mistakes and do this on several occasions, each time paying particular attention to a specific aspect of your writing. Give yourself plenty of time to proofread so that you can ensure your essay is a well-structured paper which presents a relevant, developed, supported and convincing argument.
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- Do a spelling, punctuation and grammar check before printing a copy for further proofreading.
- Set your writing aside for a while and read with fresh eyes later.
- Read your writing out loud so that you can hear it.
- Ensure your argument is relevant by checking the task instructions and marking criteria.
- Make sure your evidence is relevant, credible and sufficient.
- Look at one aspect at a time, for example:
- structure (overall and at paragraph level)
- development of ideas in each paragraph
- paraphrasing and in-text referencing
- cohesion and flow
- academic language
- grammar, spelling and punctuation at sentence level
- the reference list.
Need further tips on proofreading for different aspects of your essay?
- the Interpret the task section when proofreading for relevance of your argument and ideas
- the Write the essay section when checking your overall structure as well as your paragraphs (development, cohesion, language)
- the Integrate references in your writing section and the Referencing website when checking your paraphrases, format and integration of references in your paragraphs, and when editing your reference list
- the English section on the Study Help site for guidance on grammar.
You can also submit your assignment draft to Studiosity or book a face-to-face appointment with a Learning Adviser to receive general feedback and advice before finalising and submitting your essay.