Proofreading is said to be the most important part that students must carry out before they submit their coursework to their professors. This particular procedure is said to be important because it allows the student to go through their coursework and rectify any mistakes that they might have made while writing their work. There are two types of proofreading that are carried out; the last-minute proofreading and a proofreading done thoroughly with complete concentration.
Many students who are completely out of time, run the last-minute proofreading and do not check for any specific issues at all. This can turn out to be a serious matter because even a little grammar issue can lead to the student losing marks and getting a fail grade on the paper.
On the other hand, a thorough proofreading is basically the student focusing on each section of the paper closely. Once the student has written his coursework, he should give himself a rest of at least 24 hours to 48 hours. This way, when the individual comes back to reading the paper, his mind would be fresh as well as he would be able to find mistakes with his writing.
To begin with, the student should start reading what he has written and ensured that he is reading it out loud. By reading it out loud, he will be able to hear himself and figure out what sentence structure makes sense and what requires extra tweaking. Any ambiguities or errors that the student comes across, should be marked with a pencil or pen so that he can come back to it later on. Once the paper is read and issues are marked, then the student can start working on the issues and fixing them. Any sentence structure or grammar issue that looks unfit should be rectified.
The next stage is scanning the coursework for appropriate in-text citations and references. The student must understand that in-text citations are one of the most significant parts of the coursework. It prevents the paper from becoming plagiarised work. The student should ensure that he is citing each and every information that he has taken as it is from any Internet source. By making appropriate citations, the student would be proving to the professor of the originality of his work. Moreover, the student should ensure that each citation is from a reliable source. A reliable source provides credible information that is termed as appropriate for the use in academic papers. The referencing of each source should be added to the bibliography page at the end of the coursework. The student should ensure that references are alphabetically ordered.
Before wrapping up the coursework, the final thing to do is check the overall formatting and appearance of the paper. Each page should be numbered and the headings should be numbered as well. The table of contents should comprise of each heading provided in the paper. The title page must comprise of the title, student’s name, data and university’s name as well.