List words you commonly misspell. Read your essay to find these words and correct them.
List errors you commonly make. Consult a handbook, your instructor, or a tutor to explain any errors you don’t understand. Review your essay to find your common errors and correct them.
Underline all verbs in your essay and complete the following:
- Check tense. Are verbs consistently in one tense (past, present, etc)? There may be some exceptions, so read “around” each verb before changing.
- Check for unnecessary helping verbs. Do you use “was going” when “went” will work just as well? Revise when needed.
- Use different verbs as needed to avoid repetition and to add description, as ins “scurried” instead of “walked.”
Double underline the transitional words and sentences in the essays. If you don’t have much to underline, work to include more transitional devices.
Circle the first two words of each sentence. Scan the essay looking for repetitive sentence beginnings. Revise for variety.
Touch each word of the essay with a pencil. This will help you focus on each word for spelling and typos.
Read the essay aloud to yourself or have someone else read it aloud to you. This will help you hear awkward phrasing and missing words.
Incorporating Sources (all answers should be yes)
- Do you give each author’s name and source title the first time you use a source in your essay?
- Are quotations and paraphrases integrated into your text? Credit tags are usually necessary.
- Have you given proper credit not only to the words of others but also to the ideas of others?