Your research work may be amazing, with nicely structured paragraphs and good information. If it contains English mistakes, however, it will always make a bad impression, regardless of the good information. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you proofread your academic work.
- Print it out.
Sometimes it is easier for you to spot your mistakes if you read your work from a hard copy.
- Forget about it for a day, or a few days.
When your work is fresh in your mind, you will not be able to spot errors as effectively. So forget about your work for a while, and come back to it.
- Read it aloud.
Sometimes when you read your work aloud it will help to catch anything that does not sound right.
- Read it slowly.
If you read it quickly, you will miss lots of errors. Try to read it as slowly as possible in order to catch any possible errors easier.
- Focus on punctuation.
Try to focus on punctuation first, and try to correct all of that first.
- Be careful when using copy and paste.
When you copy or cut some text from one page to another, be careful to check the sentences surrounding the text you have just pasted, and whether it logically fits into its new destination.
- Check the references carefully.
The references are very important in academic research, and the most complex part to deal with as well. Be sure to check whether the references are correct carefully. Also, you should try to check whether you have listed all of the references you have mentioned in your work at the end of the thesis or paper.
- It is good practice to hire a proofreader to edit your work for you during your final stages. This way, they can add the final touches to your work before printing or publication.