Prepare by setting aside time and avoiding distractions. Switch off phones and computers; as games and Facebook may seem much more inviting!


Read your work aloud or get someone else to read it to you. It will help if you print off a hard copy of the draft, both to read and then correct.


Over-repetition is something to look out for. Are you starting sentences with the same word or phrase? Do you repeatedly use a word?


Over-wordiness is a common error. Usually, it is better to keep it simple and concise and remember your reader needs clarity.


Format and presentation are important. Use a recommended font in the correct size. Most text looks better in 1.5. line spacing and aligned. Check your guidelines for use of headings. Paragraphs are important.

Read again

Read again to check for punctuation, spelling and grammar errors. Remember that the spell check will not pick up all mistakes and typographical errors.


Edit your work to ensure that you are addressing the question and that your ideas are clearly and logically expressed. Are you writing in the correct tense and person?

Avoid ambiguity

Avoid ambiguity by making your writing clear to the reader so that they do not misunderstand your meaning.

Detective work

Detective work is needed to scrutinise your writing in detail.


Italics may be needed in places. Check that you are using the correct referencing system for your work.

Never rely on your own proofreading

Never rely on your own proofreading; seek out someone with the skill to help. I can do this for you.


Grammar:  Word structure (morphology) and sentence structure (syntax) must be checked when proofreading.