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How to improve at proofreading and editing

Evaluating the final draft

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If you're at this stage of the writing process, then you're almost at the finishing line. You should proof-read and edit your work as many times as necessary and - sorry - two drafts is probably the minimum if you want to get a great mark. However, don't think proof-reading and editing are wasted time: it'll be obvious to your marker that you've put in the effort, and they'll repay your efforts by taking more time to consider your work - and be far more inclined to give you as good a grade as possible.

There's an art to editing and the more practice you get the better you'll become. Eventually, you'll be doing a lot of these tasks sub-consciously, and remember, evaluating and making changes is an important graduate skill that you'll be expected to perfect.

Activity: Evaluating the final draft - take as long as you like

You now have a chance to give your work a final check. This will ensure you've not made any glaring errors, or left in anything you meant to remove. It will also help you to 'let go' of your work (you're probably quite attached to it after all the effort you've put in), and acts as a 'full-stop' to the writing process.

1. Use the check-list below to evaluate your work. If you have any specific instructions, or subject specific conventions that you need to follow, add these at the end of the check-list before you use it to evaluate your work. You may wish to print off the below pdf document so you fill in the appropriate parts.

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2. Make any necessary changes or corrections.

3. Congratulate yourself on a job well-done.

4. Hand in your written assignment.

Recommended Further Reading

Use the final draft evaluation check-list each time you need edit a written assignment.

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