Content is important. But like it or not, the accuracy of your document affects the way others judge and interpret your printed material… and your valuable message.
Most people devote only a few minutes to proofreading and a quick and cursory reading can overlook numerous errors.
It is strongly suggested to perform a thorough proofreading before submitting your document. And it’s additionally smart to have someone else, a “fresh set of eyes”, review and proofread your material.
Try to keep these points in mind.
- Don’t rely entirely on spelling checkers. These can be useful tools but they are far from foolproof.
- Grammar checkers can be even more problematic. These programs work with a limited number of rules, so they can’t identify every error and often make mistakes.
- Read slow, and read every word. Try reading aloud, concentrating on how the words sound together.
- Circle every punctuation mark. This forces you to review the accuracy of each mark.