Print it out!
Nowadays, students frequently submit their assignments online. They write and edit an essay on screen and send it off with the tap of a key. Printing it out seems unnecessary and it’s costly. But I’d advise you to print out your work just once — ideally when you feel it’s almost finished. Looking at the pages in black and white allows you to spot any repetition of sentences or phrases more easily than on a screen, and you’re more likely to notice awkward wording or typos too. Try it out. I can guarantee you’ll find errors you hadn’t noticed before — and I’ll bet there’s at least one mistake in that all-important introductory paragraph.
22 March 2017
To proofread, try printing out your work double spaced and in a different typeface.
Always set aside your writing for at least 24 hours and come back to look at it with fresh eyes.
Proofreading is a final check on a piece of finished work, so make sure you don’t start before you’ve, well, finished. Publishing houses send their proofs out to specialist proofreaders, but if you are proofing your own work, you need to trick your eyes into reading afresh. Here are three ways to do that. 1…