How To Edit Essay Properly: Basic Tips For Students
Congratulations on completing your essay! Oh, wait, have you really completed it? I bet at this point now you are confused. You don't have to be because the simple answer to the question is a capital NO. You have not completed your work because it is not yet edited. This is the mistake some students have not stopped making - submitting unedited papers to their tutors. In order for you to get higher grades, it is necessary that you map out time for proper editing of your academic papers prior to submission for subsequent grading. For the best results, editing can be done after resting from the rigours of writing the paper.
As a student, there are certain tips you should know when it comes to proper editing of your essay. This is especially if you really want to 'wow' your tutor with your subsequent submissions. Listed below are some of these basic and helpful tips:
- Ensure proper structure: Editing your paper is not just about grammar and typing errors, it is also about the structure of your work. Your paper should be structured in such a way that your target readers are able to easily understand and follow your ideas and thoughts.
- Concise introduction: This part of your essay should be written in concise language and should be able to tell your readers the direction of your thoughts.
- Outstanding paragraphs: Make sure that every supporting paragraph in your paper is based on a particular thought or idea, ensuring that you are on the right track in order not to confuse your readers.
- Eliminate fluff: Just as excess material is cut off around the seam of your clothes, you should make sure that unnecessary sentences are cut off from your essay. You can achieve maximum result by reading your paper aloud. This will help you to catch any awkward phrasings that do not add any value to your work.
- Spelling and grammar check: You can start with the basic spell checking programs installed on your computer but don't depend solely on them. Read the entire paper to eliminate any other error that the program could not detect. Make sure that your 'two' is not spelt 'too' or your 'means' spelt as 'mince'. You can also give the essay to another student to go through it. A fresh pair of eyes might catch some of the mistakes your tired eyes could not detect.
Finally, ensure that the conclusion of your paper ties in with the introduction. By the time you conclude, your target readers should have no doubt in their minds concerning your thesis.