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Essay - ATK

Proofreading

Before submitting your essay, it is important to proofread your work carefully. The essay has already been drafted and edited for content, coherence and cohesion. Proofreading then is the final check completed before the essay is handed in and focuses on the following areas:

  • Formatting – spacing, font size/style, margins, indentations, page numbers, cover sheet, reference list (see module guide for details on formatting your essay)
  • Referencing – in text referencing (citations) and reference list (use a referencing guide to check) – please refer to the recommended referencing guide for your subject are
  • Sentence level grammar – common areas to check include: subject verb agreement, tense consistency, sentence fragments (you must write in complete sentences), use of articles – ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘zero’ article, use of logical connectors to signal argument, overuse or repetition of vocabulary or incorrect usage – use a synonym or pronoun, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization. Please consult Learning Development if you need help with any of these areas.

Handy tips for effective proofreading

  • Print out your document to proofread 
  • Read the essay slowly and carefully out loud (to another person).
    • It is much easier to miss errors when proofreading on screen
  • Take your time Pay attention to the beginning and end of lines 
    • Errors are often made while hurrying
    • Small errors are sometimes difficult to spot when you're in a hurry
  • If you do not understand your own sentence, neither will your reader. 
    • Proofread after completing the essay
    • Words can easily be repeated without the eye noticing                                
    • Beware of negatives and double negatives in sentences
  • Proofread when you are feeling fresh and well rested
    • a time gap will provide a distancing effect from the essay content
  • Take time to check spelling and meaning of words using a good dictionary 
    • "Read" the document backwards to check for misspelled words

Students whose first language is not English will need especially to pay close attention to grammatical elements that are a particular challenge. It is important to become aware of those areas of grammar that pose difficulties individually and to address these issues through self-study programs. Diagnostic testing, language tutorials and self-study materials can be supplied by Learning Development.


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