Have you ever cringed at errors in a magazine, newspaper, brochure or just anything for that matter? Though overlooked and often disregarded, proofreading any document is incredibly important. A necessary step in pre production, proofreading can make the difference between correct communication and failed communication.
Here are a few tips for you to consider while proof reading.
Read your document thrice: For punctuation, grammar and spellings separately. By focusing one thing, you’re bound to find more mistakes, making your time invested in proofreading worth it.
Be wary of punctuation marks: Every period, comma, colon, semicolon and apostrophe holds its own importance. Remember, placing punctuation incorrectly can completely change the meaning of the sentence.
Read your work out loud: When you use 3 senses of your body – sight, touch and hearing it is easier to spot errors. Reading each word individually increases the odds of finding a typo. When you read, misplaced commas are easier to spot.
Edit a hard-copy: Proofread a printed version of your work. It is easier to mark errors and work on paper. Working on a soft-copy of your document might increase chances of missing errors.
Take a break: If possible, take an hour before you re-read your work. If you clear your mind it becomes easier to spot errors take a better approach and focus on your work.
Concentration is key: Get rid of distractions and potential interruptions. If you’re going to spot mistakes, then you need to concentrate.
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