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How to proofread your own work

How to proofread your own work: Two helpful tips

So how exactly do you proofread your own work?

In this blog we look at a couple of methods that can help you remove errors in your work. The good thing is that these tips work! Let’s say English is not your first language, how do you pick up errors your have made?

There really are just two simple problems that you need to tackle. These are: Reading what you think is there and being unaware of English grammar errors you keep making.

Let’s attack the problems in two ways.

Tip 1: Read your document out loud
When we read something out loud we use a different part of the brain than when we are writing. When you read something that you have written your brain skips over errors as in your mind you see what you want to have written and not what is actually there. It sounds confusing but it is actually pretty easy!

Tip 2: Leave it for a few days

Read other things, books, magazines, newspapers that are written by native speakers. Leave your work aside and don’t look at it for a few days. Get used to reading correct English. Then after letting it alone for a couple of days come back to it and read it aloud, then read it on paper. This will give your brain time to distance itself from the work and make it less likely that you will read what you think is there. Immersing yourself in written English for a few days will also improve your awareness of grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Apply these two tips and see what a difference they can make. Let us know in the comments how they have worked for you!

Here is a bonus tip – swop your work with a friend. You read theirs and they read yours.

So, we hope these tips have helped you. Proofreading your own work not helping you? Then you why not contact us for a proofreading quote?

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