In this lesson, our instructor Rebekah Hendershot gives an introduction to after you've written. She explains proofreading, checking your spelling, grammar and mechanics. Then she discusses how using human eyes to proofread helps, proofreading resources, sending in your essay, the stupid check and what to do after you send it in.
Proofread your work for mechanical errors: mistakes in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Check your spelling. Yes, it seems stupid and obvious, but many readers will put down a piece of writing the first time they come to a misspelled word.
Check your grammar. Make sure that your subjects and verbs agree, that youre using the right voice and tense, that your pronouns arent all over the place, etc. Poor grammar is the mark of an undereducated writer.
Check the mechanics of your writingpunctuation, syntax, all that stuff. It only takes one mistake to ruin your essay.
Use human eyes. As the old joke goes, “Dont relay on spell check!”
Proofreading resources include style manuals (like Strunk & Whites The Elements of Style), stylebooks such as the Associated Press stylebook, professionals (there are professional editors out there who will correct your mechanics for a fee), and amateurs (including any grammar Nazis you know).
Once youve finished your proofreading, do a “stupid check” and make sure youve done all the obvious things that people so often forget:
Did you correctly follow all the steps involved in writing your essay?
Did you follow the directions on the application?
Have you added anything you werent supposed to add?
Have you left anything out that you were supposed to include?
Are you putting the right materials (all of them) into the right envelope to go to the right school?
Are you including correct postage?
Did you put your name on it?
Are you meeting your deadlines, or do you need to ask for an extension?
Did you remember to click “Send”?
When youve finished everything, send your essay in as soon as possible so it doesnt make you crazy.
Then relax! Youve earned it, and waiting for a response is hard enough without stressing yourself out. Waiting for an answer is both a part of the process and arguably the hardest part, so take it easy!
When in doubt:
Have the toughest English major you know go over your writing for errors.
Get a professional to check your work.
Consult a style manual.
“Dont relay on spell check.”
Do your stupid check.
Send it in as soon as possible for the sake of your own sanity.
After You've Written
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