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Editing and Proofreading (Module 3 of 3)

It is important to look critically at what you have written and make sure that you are expressing your ideas clearly. Remember the reader when you are reviewing your own work. Edit the spelling and grammar and proofread to catch remaining errors and polish the writing. It makes a big difference.

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  • Ask questions.As you read your writing, ask yourself if there is information that you should add, remove, or move?
  • Read critically.When you revise your writing, make sure your ideas are expressed clearly.
  • Consider your purpose.Does your writing fit the purpose?
  • Consider your audience.Does your writing 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 writing 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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