How to Proofread an Essay in a Proper Way

Once you have researched and written your essay, you need to proofread it carefully. Different people consider different way of reading and editing, but for optimum results in editing and proofreading consider the scan, deep read, and second scan method. This will help you to catch all the errors in the paper. You should let the essay sit for a while and not look at it for at least two-three days before you do this. Additionally, if you can get another person to proofread it for you, this is good. It is hard for you to see your errors.

First Scan

With a hard copy of the essay in your hand, take a highlighter and scan it for errors. Highlight any issues you see as your progress. This is not a deep read, but a scanning of the document. Once you finish it, pull up the electronic copy and correct the errors you located with your first scan.

Deep Read

After stepping away from the essay (for at least a day if possible) then pull up the electronic copy of the essay. Employ a change tracker for the document if you have access to one to use. Slowly and with great care, slowly deep read the article. Make any necessary changes to the electronic paper as you go. Once you have finished, save your changes and put the paper away for at least a few hours. If you can get another person to look at the paper for you, this is a good time to do so.

Scan Two

Scan number two is conducted just like scan number one. You will print the paper and scan it for errors with a highlighter in hand. After you complete the process of scan number two, open your electronic copy of the paper and then make the needed corrections.

Your teacher may also act as a proofreader for you. Most teachers will proofread the rough draft and return it with suggested corrections. Each teacher is different in how in depth they may go in this process. And if at all possible, do try to get a friend or a peer to also proofread your paper for you. Another set of eyes will be beneficial. The next time you write a paper, consider using the scan, deep read, and second scan method for optimum results.