Correcting a paper involves paying attention to grammar, punctuation, spelling, paragraph flow, sentence structure and overall theme and presentation tactics. Students often help one another by correcting each other's papers and professors will often correct, in less detail, a paper when grading it.
Following several steps will take a writer through the process of correcting a paper.
Step 1: Review
If a person is correcting his or her own paper, then there should be a period of three days after writing it before the paper is corrected. Distance from the paper will help in correcting it.
Step 2: Proofreading mistakes
The second step is to go through the paper and look for proofreading mistakes. These are easy mistakes related to spelling or grammar, such as writing "you're," when the actual meaning was "your."
Step 3: Read aloud
Reading the paper aloud can help to focus in on the problems with sentence structure and flow. When something does not sound right, question it. Look at it. See if there are better ways to write it.
Step 4: Read backward
Reading backward can help a person slow down and really examine each word for problems. This is a great way to catch awkward spellings or capitalization errors because a person can truly view each word individually.
Step 5: Find another reader
If the person is proofreading and editing his or her own paper, then it is an excellent idea to ask another person to review it. Another reader can find new errors and double-check the corrected work before submission.