Proofreading Tips, Tactics & Techniques

Get Ready:

 

1. Start the easy way. Use your spell checker—remember, it will “OK” any word that is correctly spelled, whether or not it’s correctly used

2. Use the grammar checker. Make sure you understand what it’s trying to tell you.

3. Leave some time between inputting the material and proofreading it. Overnight is good. When possible, try to schedule proofreading when you’re fresh, and there are the fewest distractions.

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Published in: on December 9, 2009 at 11:16 pm  Comments (1)  
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Five Steps to Easier Spelling

These five steps will improve your spelling.

1. Read more, making note of any word that does not seem to be spelled correctly. After you have finished your reading, check the spelling of each listed word in the dictionary. Add each correctly-spelled word to your personal “hit list” of frequently misspelled words.

2. Obtain a package of “sticky note” pads.  There will probably be about 20 sheets per pad.

3. Using the entire pad, write each misspelled word from your “hit list” once on each page of a “sticky note” pad (about 20 pages).

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Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 8:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Four Terrific Tactics for Improving Comprehension, Part 3

This series of posts will describe four terrific tactics that you can use to improve comprehension.

The four tactics are:

  1. 1. Make “who did what” clear.
  2. 2. Edit for clarity.
  3. 3. Eschew obfuscation!
  4. 4. Use specific words.

This week, I will talk about Tactic #3.

  1. Eschew obfuscation!
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Published in: on October 22, 2009 at 6:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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