Proofreading Tips and Techniques for National Proofreading Day

1. Proofreading Requires Concentration And Focus

2. Don’t Proofread When You’re Tired

3. Read It Out Loud

This is a really useful tip. If you read aloud, your ear might catch errors that your eye may have missed. It’s especially helpful for identifying run-on sentences and spotting any that don’t flow well or make sense.

4. Print Out Your Work

You’ll always find more errors on a printed copy of your work. When you read, cover up the lines below the one you’re reading to avoid skipping ahead of mistakes.

5. Pay Attention To Punctuation

6. Keep Reference Sources On Hand

While a spell checker is useful, it can miss different meanings (for example, except vs accept). This is where a reference source such as Merriam-Webster, Roget’s Thesaurus, and The Elements of Style are so useful. It is an essential tool for ensuring you use the right words in the right context, online or hardcopy.

7. Check Your Facts

8. Ask Someone Else to Proofread It

Final tip. Ask someone you trust to proofread the text for you. You will be amazed at the mistakes you’ve missed. A second person will also be in a better position to evaluate whether the sentences make sense or not.

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