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Preparing assignments: Editing and checking

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This stage is to reassure yourself that everything is as it should be and to make any final changes rather than add new material.

Proofreading your assignment

It's important to proofread your assignment before sending it in to be marked. Use the Proofreading and editing checklist (RTF, 508.33 KB) to help you with this task. If you have a problem remembering how to spell, try the following spelling strategies.

  • Find some spelling rules that help you to avoid the mistakes you tend to make.
  • Draw pictures to imprint a spelling on your mind.
  • Use mnemonics (a rhyme or a pun) to remind you of difficult spellings.
  • Write words on a large piece of paper with brightly coloured pens.
  • Use a blank card as a bookmark and write on it the words you have problems spelling on it.
  • Buy an address book and use it to write words you want to remember.
  • Try using a spelling workbook or spelling dictionary.
  • Use a spellchecker, hand-held or on a computer.

Proofreading activity

See how many errors you can find in this proofreading activity.

Launch activity

There's also a DOC version (DOC, 75.5 KB) of this activity.

There's a distinct difference between proofreading and editing. Proofreading is the process of checking for errors and editing is the process of correcting those errors.

It can help to ask a friend to check your assignment before you send it in. You can ask them if the essay was easy to understand. Were there any unclear or ambiguous parts? Could they guess the question by reading the answer without looking at the title? If you;re asking them to proofread your work at the same time, you need to read the Proofreading and editing rules (PDF, 129.19 KB) carefully.

You can't ask another student on the module to check your assignment and, unless it has been specifically agreed, it's not appropriate to send your tutor a draft of your assignment for checking.

If you have concerns you want your tutor to comment on, you can download and fill in the feedback form (RTF, 456.33 KB) to send in with your assignment. This asks your tutor to provide comments that focus on your concerns.

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