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Five Simple Tips For Proofreading Your Work by TRWConsult(m): 6:09pm On Oct 07, 2013
Well written materials, whether they are a resume, memo, school paper, or even a simple email, give their readers a good impression about the writer. They show that the writer pays attention to details. When we talk about good writing, we should note that proofreading is an aspect of good writing. Below are five simple tips you can use to churn out excellently written materials.

1. Leave your material to ‘breathe’ after writing it.
After writing a document, leave it alone for a while, let it, so to speak, ‘breathe. Create some distance between you and the document and take that time to also clear your head a little. With the words still so fresh in your mind, it’s often difficult to spot errors immediately.

2. Don’t be too hasty when you start proofreading
Just because you wrote it and know what is in it doesn’t mean you should read the document quickly or just gloss over it. Take your time to go through it. Reading slowly will help you pick out errors you may have missed before.

3. Take time to analyze your work
Get your mind off the gist of the work and read the material sentence by sentence. Focus on things like spelling and grammar.

4. Revise your work
Now that you have done all of the above, correct all detected errors and revise your work.

5. Read your work all over again
You are through with your revision, now re-read your work. Go through the entire document, and if satisfactory, give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.


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