Once you’ve completed your final draft, there’s one more important step: proofreading. This is where we check for silly grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, and the like. There are a few basic steps we can take for proofreading:
- Read the paper aloud slowly, with your finger under each word as you read. Reading aloud will make you notice mistakes you’d correct in your head if you read silently.
- Read the paper backwards. Reading backwards forces you to look at each word as an isolated word. This will help find mistakes with homonyms.
- Wait a few days after finishing a final draft. As with point two, this will help you avoid unconsciously self-correcting.