10 Tips for Proofreading Articles for Mistakes

Some People Are Great at Proofreading, I Am Not One of Them

from Associated Content/BuntingResources.com:

I have been writing for Associate Content for about two months now, to say that I practice these tips at all times myself isn’t true, and I have had my share of spelling errors and typos, but I am trying my best to learn from my mistakes. One thing I have learned after eighty plus, and counting, articles is that there are a few things that can do to help prevent mistakes in an article.

1. Re-read Your Work
Read your work as many times as you can, if that would drive you insane at least re-read it once.

2. Read Your Finished Piece Out Loud
By reading it out loud you will likely not just scan through what you wrote. I mean you know what you meant to say but is that what you wrote? When you scan when you read you might see the phrase “apples are good” and read it as “apples aren’t good” because that is what you knew you wanted to write. Well those two phrases have very different meanings which can lead to your entire sentence having the wrong opinion or fact.

3. Use Spell Checker
Remember to use a spell checker, this way you can instantly see and change any spelling errors that you made.

4. Use Grammar Checker
If you have a program that has a grammar checker then you should use that as well. That way if you use homonyms like “there” and “their” the grammar checker should point them out when the wrong word is being used. This can also be handy if you meant to type the word “of” and hit the I key, since it is right next to the O key, and F key, “if” being a word won’t get picked up by the spell checker.

5. Search Common Errors
Now if you have made mistakes in the past, and we all do, you will want to search for those. Sometimes forgetting to add an S to the end of a word can lower the readability of your work as well as how serious that you are taken by your readers. Watch out for words that end in IST because when you read them out loud they will still appear to sound right if you want them to be plural. Say the word scientist and now say the word scientists. Not a huge difference in sound.

6. Read Slowly
By reading both out loud and slowly you will increase your chances of catching an error.

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