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Reviewing Your Work

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Step 9: Editing

The editing process is one of the most important stages of essay writing. The Writing Services guide has resources to help you with the organization and flow of ideas.

  • Use the Editing Checklist to help you track your editing process.  
  • Learn about sentence structure to help vary the types of sentences you use and improve flow.
  • Use plenty of transition words to make connections between ideas clear.  Words like “although,” “also,” “however,” “in addition,” etc. can help the reader follow along with your ideas.

At this stage, it is also a good idea to go back to your assignment instructions and marking rubric to make sure you have addressed everything your instructor wants you to. Of course, you can go back to any step in the writing process to improve your work!

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Step 10:Proofreading

Proofreading means finding all of the sentence-level errors. This can include sentence structure, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. While many word processing programs can help identify errors, these programs aren’t perfect, so it’s up to you to proofread your assignment carefully before handing it in.

  • See the Writing Guide on the Writing Services guide for grammar resources.
  • Also, make an appointment with the Writing Service in the Learning Commons. They can help you learn to identify errors and develop proofreading strategies.