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Revising Your Essay

Revision means to ‘see again’. It is the opportunity to look critically at what you have written and make sure that you are expressing your ideas clearly. Revising an academic essay involves revising the content of your essay, editing the spelling and grammar, and proofreading to catch remaining errors.

Top Tips

  • Ask questions.As you read your first draft, ask yourself if there is information that you should add, remove, or move?
  • Read critically.When you revise your draft, make sure your ideas are expressed clearly.
  • Consider your purpose.Does your draft fit this purpose?
  • Consider your audience.Does your draft fit what your audience would expect?
  • Check your spelling and grammar.They count.
  • Edit after you revise the content.Once you have revised the content, you can begin editing for spelling and grammar errors.
  • Read your draft out loud.You may have an easier time catching a mistake when you hear it spoken.
  • Use spelling and grammar checks.These tools are useful, but not perfect, so make sure you are still reading critically.
  • Start at the end. Working backwards will stop your brain from seeing what it expects, and may help you catch errors.

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