2017/09/25

8 Simple Proof Reading Tips


It's essential in any field of writing, whether your a student writing a college essay or writing a blog post or article, your own eyes are the best spell checker you'll ever need.  You can't always rely on your computers spell checker, things can be easily missed.  You'll find 8 tips to help you get the most out of your proof reading.




1. Concentration is crucial

When you're looking for mistakes it's vital not be distracted.  Concentration is key, this means closing yourself off from any surrounding distractions and potential distractions. You need to stay away from social media, emails, TV and radio and your cellphone or tablet.

2. Write it down

You read paper differently to reading a screen.  So try printing out a copy of your writing, try reading it outloud to yourself, you'll find your ear will catch the mistakes your eyes have missed.

3. Look out for Homonyms

Words that have different meanins but share the same spelling or pronunciation are homonyms.  If you decide to change complement with compliment your article could turn into a catastrophe.  There's no harm in using a dictionary.

4. Look out for Apostrophes and Contractions

It's easy to mix up they're, their and there.  These small mistakes can often harm the validity of your writing.  Keep in mind that apostrophes are never used to shape plurals.

5. Review the Punctuation

There's nothing wrong with focussing in on the words but don't leave out the punctuation.  Take notice of capitalized words, extra or missing commas, full stops used incorrectly etc.

6. Study it Backwards

Our brain usually becomes blind to our own mistakes and automatically "corrects" words inside sentences.  Try breaking this pattern by reading the text backwards.

7. Investigate the Numbers 

When using numbers in your document make sure the value of an aquisitiion is correct, e.g.:

$10,000 instead of $100,000

8. Let your friends or family Proofread Your Document

No harm in asking someone you know to run their eyes over it.  They can pick up on any mistakes you might have missed.  An extra set of eyes can work out whether the sentence makes sense or not.

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