Student Proofreading Checklist

Helpful Proofreading Checklist for Students

No one enjoys proofreading but when it comes to writing essays it’s something you just got to do. Creating a system makes a hard job a little easier.

Here are some basic strategies to use when proofreading your papers.

Student Proofreading ChecklistGrammar

Grammar can be tricky to proofread. Don’t read the whole paragraph and get distracted by your storyline. When you proofread check sentence by sentence for these four grammar mistakes.

1. Are your sentences complete? This means your sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop/period. You have a subject, verb and object and your sentence expresses a complete thought.

2. Are there any sentence fragments? This is when your sentence does not have a complete idea and is missing a subject or verb.

3. Do your verbs agree with subjects?

Word Choice

Word choice can make your essay dynamic and interesting or flat and boring. Vocabulary plays an important role in expressing your thoughts and ideas in an interesting way.

1. Are you using the same words over and over again? This makes your essay repetitive and boring. Try to replace overused words with words that are descriptive and accurate.

2. Is your writing economical? Do you express every idea clearly and concisely. A rambling sentence can mean you are unclear on the idea you are expressing.

3.Have you used your spell checker? Be aware it doesn’t catch typos or homophones, ( homophones are words that have the same spelling but different meaning like a stamp you put on a letter or to stamp your foot) spell checkers don’t catch these words.

Structure and Style

Proofreading for style and structure is difficult. You can read your essay out loud to listen to how it sounds. Another technique is to let your essay rest for a day and proofread it with a fresh mind. You can have another person read it and give you feedback.

When it comes to structure you can ask yourself three questions.

1. Does my essay have a good introductory paragraph, middle and conclusion?

2. Is my writing clear and concise? If it isn’t you may not be clear on your idea or using too many words to communicate what you want to say.

3. Do my paragraphs have a beginning, middle and end?

Formatting

Formatting is the last step in the proofreading journey.

1. Use your spell checker but don’t rely on it.

2. Check sentence by sentence for punctuation.

3. If you have quotations format them properly.

4. Decide how you will indent or space your paragraphs and be consistent throughout your paper.

Proofreading is a time consuming job. There’s an easier way to eliminate writing mistakes. You can write better right now by using a grammar checker that checks spelling, vocabulary and grammar.

 

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