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- Context/background is included.
- Standard Thesis OR Statement of Intent is clear and introduces main sections.
- Headings are concise and relate to content.
- Each paragraph has a clear topic sentence.
- Order of sections is logical.
- All sources are acknowledged (in citations and references).
- Thesis is restated.
- Main points are summarized.
- The paper has been checked for
- errors in sentence structure,
- errors in subject-verb agreement, and
- errors in pronoun agreement.
- Commas are used appropriately.
- Colons are only used after full sentences (before a list or further explanation).
- Transitions are used within and between paragraphs.
- 3rd person pronouns are used.
- No informal language or contractions are used.
- Consistency in tone is maintained.
- Read and apply teacher feedback from previous papers.
- Compare the paper and outline.
- Put the paper aside for a day or two if possible. Having a fresh look at it can help you find grammatical errors or places where ideas do not flow logically.
- Print your work. It is sometimes easier to see your errors on paper than on the screen.
- Edit with a purpose – one or two areas to look for at a time.
- Edit in chunks.
- Read your work out loud or use software that reads it to you.
- To focus on the sentence structure, read sentences from the end to the beginning.