Editing and proofreading your assignment
Editing and proofreading strategies
Editing is an important part of the writing process and leaving enough time to edit and proofread your work can help you achieve better results. Using editing and proofreading strategies can maximise marks by minimising errors and ensures that marking rubric criteria and task instructions have been directly addressed.
Keep these tips in mind before you start editing your work.
- Once you finish your final draft, take a break before you start editing. Fresh eyes can help with identifying and correcting errors.
- Remember that editing takes time. Try not to rush your editing, you may miss errors and inconsistencies. Allow enough time to submit your draft through Turnitin for feedback.
- If you can, get someone else to read your work back to you, or try reading your work aloud. This can help identify any structure/consistency issues.
- Stick to the word limit as you may lose marks if you go too far over or under. Check whether you have a 10% allowance and remember that not enough words usually means not enough information so go back to your task instructions to identity what may be missing.
Using Grammarly to edit your work
Grammarly identifies potential issues with spelling, grammar, punctuation, readability and vocabulary and suggests corrections to help you edit your written work. However, it is up to you to determine whether the Grammarly suggestions are appropriate and identify any other issues Grammarly may have missed. Always edit your assignment according to your assessment task instructions and marking rubric, as well as your own knowledge of academic writing expectations.
To access, install and understand Grammarly, check out the Technology Services Grammarly help page and work through the necessary steps and knowledge base articles.
The Grammarly Quick Guide from The Student Learning Zone has 10 handy steps to improve your editing skills with Grammarly. Keep it handy when it comes time to edit.
You can also work your way through the following activities to test your understanding of this part of the assignment process.