Proficient editing and proofreading skills are a necessary component of effective writing. However, they come far later in the process – after the brainstorming, content planning, drafting and revision. Writers who write hurriedly or forgo any of the aforementioned steps end up with a finished paper that is, well, unfinished. Papers written without following effective writing best practices are often underdeveloped, confusing and hard to read.
While you are proofreading your assignment, you need to see things through the eyes of a professional proofreader. Editors, and those who regularly proofread essays and other written documents are more detail-oriented than others, they learn to dissect paragraphs upon paragraphs of text, dutifully looking for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and other inaccuracies.
It is the primary objective of a professional proofreader to uncover all of the mistakes and errors that everyone else – including editors – might have missed or been unaware of.
In order to draft a well written essay, or some other form of academic paper, students must call upon their critical thinking skills. The younger the student is, the more immature their critical thinking ability might be, however, as time progresses these skills will mature. Regardless of the skill level of the writer, one of the elements that have the most significant impact on a well written paper is form. Let’s take a minute and discuss a few things that can be done to improve form.