To Read, To Proofread, What is the Difference
Proofreading is the act of reading to identify and correct grammatical and formatting errors. Unfortunately, this part of the writing process usually gets neglected, which reflects negatively on the writer's work.
You will be able to identify errors becaause proofreading is the most important part of the writing process and it allows the the author to take on the role of a reader/editor. While performing this process, you will be able to locate errors because your focus is on sentence structure, use of punctuation marks, formatting, and the flow of information.
What to look for during the proofreading process:
- Spelling Errors
- Grammatical Errors
- Punctuation Errors
- Ensure the content communicates the intended message
- Review use of appropriate formatting guidelines:
- Students: Format - APA, MLA, Chicago, Rubrics, etc...
- Businesses: Format - Memorandums, Grant Requirements, Emails, etc...
It is also a good idea to have someone else proofread your work. They will be able to view the work as an original piece and will not be biased during the editing process. If you do not have someone available to aid in the proofreading process try these tips.
- Take a break! Step away and come back to it.
- Read your document out loud
- Be aware of your weaknesses
- Ensure you are getting your point across