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Top tips to write well: Tip Twelve: Edit your work carefully

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Tip Twelve: Edit your work carefully

Why edit?

Editing is the final step in the writing process. It is important because it provides you with the opportunity to submit your best work. 

Useful checklist:

Follow this simple checklist to help you to achieve the best results possible in the proofreading and editing process.

If possible, work from a printout, not a computer screen.

List all the things you need to look for (e.g., spelling, capitalisation of names, grammar). Taking one sentence at a time, use your list to correct errors as you find them. 

 Review your referencing and direct quotes. Make notes of anything you need to double check against your style guide.

Carefully review your final reference list or bibliography according to the reference style of your course.

Double check facts and figures against your assessment task instruction sheet(s) to make sure you have stayed within the word count. Next, check the rubric to make sure you have fulfilled the requirements for each section of the rubric.

Seek out clarification if you are unsure about any comments or suggestions made from any feedback you have already received.

Follow any links provided to you in your feedback, including LibGuides, library and any other support suggested by your learning adviser. Take some time to review these materials. 

Once you have made all the changes to your draft, if possible, get someone else to read over your work, or you can read it aloud one last time before submitting your assessment task.