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- Read the paper aloud as if you are reading a story. Listen for errors. If you listen carefully, you will be able to correct any errors that you hear. Listen for incomplete phrases, sentences and ideas, as well as things that sound funny.
- Read one sentence at a time.
- Using a sheet of clean paper, cover all the text except the first sentence. Read this sentence carefully. Does it sound and look correct? Does it say what you want it to say? Continue down the page in the same way.
- Look for patterns of error.
- Personal patterns: All writers make mistakes that are typical of their writing. If you always forget commas, check for commas. If you always have trouble with transitions, look for transitions. If you work on wordiness, look for this. Bring your essays to the writing center! A tutor can help you to locate the patterns of error.
- List: Keep a list of your trouble spots. Use this as a checklist and refer to it as you edit.
4. Know your grammar and punctuation rules or know where to look them up.
· Study the rules of grammar and punctuation. Review the ones you don’t know. If you have a writing handbook or handouts, keep them out when you write. Refer to them when you have questions as you write and edit.
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