Updated: Dec 30, 2019
Proofreading of a document must be carried out before the document can be considered finished and it is the last step in the editorial cycle. Proof reading is more than mere spelling and grammar checks. It is actually a more focus demanding job than content writing. Content-quality is not just the responsibility of a writer; it’s actually the proofreader who is responsible to ensure error-free text.
Even if you are not passionate about the English language, while reading an article, report or advertisement with errors it can sometimes become irritating to read and complex to understand. So, people will not take the company or writer seriously. Mistakes in your writing make you sound unprofessional. It is better to have someone to re-read your work than yourself. A fresh pair of eyes is far more likely to catch your mistakes.
Effective proofreading will improve your public image and is important to produce high-quality professional documents. Proofreading of your academic work helps you to avoid failure and improves your chance of getting your aspired career opportunity. It helps you to present your research well and makes your research stand out. It makes your argument clearer and increases the credibility of your work. One important thing to remember if you are proofreading someone else’s work is to know that there is difference between proofreading and editing.
For proofreading, you need to perform the following steps:
Examine your sentences for proper grammar.
Scrutinize every single punctuation mark.
Read your work out loud and slowly.
Look up every word to check if it is spelled correctly.
Remove areas of repetition or irrelevant bits.
Check the flow of the document.