Let’s face it, proofreading is a skill that some people have a knack for and others dread. While everyone has their own approach, here are five tricks that may help you become a better proofreader.
Take a Nap
Well maybe not a nap, but take a break after you are done writing. By giving your mind some rest, you’ll be able to come back and proof your work with fresh eyes.
Print it Out
Looking at a computer screen for an extended period of time can strain your eyes. Print your work and you may—like I usually do—find some typos.
Speak your Words
Maybe you didn’t see any missing words or commas, but hearing what you wrote may uncover unseen errors.
No, don’t read each word backwards, read the sentences in reverse order, starting with the last line of your document. This trick helps because your brain knows what it meant to write, but maybe that’s not what was written.
Call on a Friend
Or a coworker. After you are satisfied with your work, it’s always a good idea to have someone else take a look at it. New eyes may spot things that you missed.
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