Aim for 3 drafts of your writing:
First draft: Focus on getting your main ideas and information down.
Second draft: Take a cold hard look at your first draft and edit it for content, structure, style, evidence and referencing.
Third draft: This is the proof reading stage when you check carefully for errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling. This is the final refinement of your writing.
Editing your first draft
Now's the time to take a good hard look at your first draft.
Proofreading your second draft
Now check for misspellings, mistakes in grammar and punctuation
Note: You might need to do more than two drafts!
Editing your essay can seem tedious, but is a necessary part of the writing process.
Editing something you have written does make it better. It is actually a simple task if tackled in an organised manner.
Top Tip: take it slow and check for one thing at a time.
1. Print a copy of your essay and begin by looking at the content
|Begin with the introduction||
|Look at each paragraph||
|Look at the conclusion||
2. Read your work out loud or get someone to read it to you.
TIP: If you hear something you don’t like, change it and see if it sounds better.
|Pause in your reading as punctuation dictates||
|Check for spelling errors||
|Set your essay aside for a few days||