Editing your essay before you submit it could mean the difference between a good grade and a brilliant one, so it’s worth taking fifteen minutes or so before you send it off just checking through it to make sure that the structure and wording is as good as it can be.
In this article, we give you some tips to think about when you’re editing your own writing.
Keep these tips alongside you to use as a checklist and you can’t go far wrong!
If you have time, try to leave a bit of time between finishing your essay and starting the editing process.
This article is a list of standard proofreader's marks used to indicate and correct problems in a text.
Marks come in two varieties, abbreviations and abstract symbols.
On a related note, look out for instances in which you’ve laboured the point.
Going on about a particular point for too long can actually undermine the strength of your argument, because it makes you look as though you’re desperately grappling to find supporting facts; sometimes a simple, clear statement with a brief piece of evidence to back it up is all that’s needed.
These are usually handwritten on the paper containing the text.
Symbols are interleaved in the text, while abbreviations may be placed in a margin with an arrow pointing to the problematic text.