Why Proofreading is Important

Why You Should Proofread

Proofreading creates readable writing and eliminates simple small common errors. It makes your child notice those typos and missing words as well as improving spelling and grammar.

Here are six reasons why proofreading is a good learning habit to have.

Why Proofreading is ImportantEliminates Spelling Mistakes

Spelling mistakes can ruin creative ideas and make a paper look sloppy. Checking each sentence word for word and using a spell checker can eliminate most spelling mistakes.

Corrects Punctuation

The meaning of a sentence or idea can be completely ruined with incorrect punctuation. Check for full stops/periods and commas. Read your sentence out loud and check punctuation.

Improves Sentence Structure

Proofreading eliminates those confusing run on sentences that go on forever and sentence fragments with incomplete ideas. When you proofread you can look at how your sentence structure communicates your ideas and argument and make the changes you need.

Catches Common Grammar Mistakes

You catch those small grammar errors that get your essay marked down when you check and recheck your paper.

Common grammatical errors include mix-ups between “their,” “they’re” and “there,” between “your” and “you’re,” and between “its” and “it’s.”

Subject and verb agreement are another common error. This is when the subject, the person doing the action, does not agree with singular or plural of the verb. An example is he drive the car. It’s difficult to catch this mistake when the subject and verb are not next to each other in the sentence.

Improves Vocabulary

Many essays have been ruined by repetitive word choices and poor vocabulary. When you proofread you can improve your key terms and and phrases. Better vocabulary and word choice makes a better essay.

Clarifies Your Message

Poor grammar, spelling mistakes and poor sentence structure makes your message unclear and bring down your mark no matter how good your ideas are.

Proofreading, catches those small errors, eliminates confusion and brings clarity to what you want to say.


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