Essay Help: Proofreading the Essay
Notes for Dummies advise you to put your happiness from completing an essay paper aside and concentrate on the final giant leap forward. When essay writing in its textual meaning is completed, there is still work to do. Take some time out to rest, and then come back and look at your essay paper again. Surprisingly, you will see spots that are not as perfect as you thought they will be, and that there are awkward mistakes in your essay writing. This is called proofreading essays. When you have the text ready, it has to be polished at least twice: while proofreading essays and editing them.
There are three components of the essay proofreading process. The first one is spell-check. This is easier if you were typing the essay and the MS Word processor helped you on your way, underlining misspelled words with red lines. However, typing has its own tricks, called typos. Whether and weather are two words that don’t contain mistakes, but you wanted to say the first one, accidentally typed the second word, and as a result - your computer didn’t find mistakes, and you ended up with a logically incorrect sentence.
The second component of the essay proofreading process is grammar. Check your sentences for grammatical mistakes, and keep one simple rule in mind: sentences have to have a subject, verb and object to be complete. Oh yeah, and “is” is still a verb, if you don’t remember.
Finally, the last but not least stage of proofreading essays (and usually our favorite part) is punctuation check. If you don’t know the differences between commas, semicolons, and a sign of a full stop, you have two ways out. The first one is to dive into punctuation manuals. This is a long process, but it will prove to be extremely helpful in the long run. If you are too lazy to do it, learn to write in short sentences, where all you will have to do is put a dot in the end.