Proofreading is a second chance to examine text for typographical errors. But it’s easy to skim past mistakes in grammar or spellling – ahem, spelling.
Consider the following when proofreading:
- Take some time away from the copy. Whether it’s 30 minutes or a few days, stepping away makes it easier to recognize mistakes.
- Proofread from printed pages. It’s more difficult to catch mistakes on a computer screen.
- Go somewhere quiet.
- Listen to music or chew gum. Relieve the pressure of being constantly focused, but do it without too much distraction.
- Avoid proofing under fluorescent lighting. The flicker rate is slower; as a result, it is hard to pick up inconsistencies.
- Check spelling by using a computer spell check program or reading the text backwards.
- Consult a student directory to verify name spellings and grades.
- Don’t proofread if you’re tired.
Bonus tip: Using proofreading marks will help make the editing process smoother and quicker.