PhD Paper Proofreading Methods: 5 Points To Consider

You may have slaved for hours, days, weeks (who knows?) on end over your PhD paper, but there’s still the final stages to go, so don’t be tempted to just glance over your essay once and think, “That’ll do!” The more attention you give to proofreading it, the better it’s bound to be.

Here are some points you need to think about:

  1. Once you have finished your final draft, it’s time to proof for your PhD. You should know what the exact requirements are for this particular paper, in terms of format, source citing, page numbering etc. If you don’t know, then you really need to find out! Sometimes different essays have different rules. If you’ve written a magnificent work, the last thing you want is to be marked down at the last minute because you’ve simply overlooked the requirements.
  2. Once you do know of the rules to employ, make sure you stick to them! This is the first thing to pay attention to in the proofing stage. Make sure all factors of your essay conform to the guidelines.

  3. These days, there really is no excuse for poor grammar and spelling. Just pay attention to those red and green squiggly lines that show up when you’re typing and be sure to use your program’s tools to double check everything. Of course, you should have an excellent grasp of the English language already, and there will always be things you’ll spot that a computer won’t.
  4. Make sure you scrutinize every word and sentence as you re-read your paper, and you can’t go wrong.

  5. Have you perhaps accidentally repeated a paragraph? Perhaps you have muddled up two sources of illustrations. Under pressure, simple mistakes can easily occur. Check for such things to ascertain your paper is as tip top as can be.
  6. Your computer program may be telling you that everything is grammatically correct, but sometimes it’s just about how well things read. Your program can’t state its opinion on factors like the flow of the words, sentence structure and how well you are engaging the reader. Although these things should have been thought about in your final edit, it’s worth paying attention again during the proofreading stage.
  7. How can you know if you’re engaging your reader? A great exercise to employ is to pretend you’re somebody else and read it through their eyes. Pretend you are your teacher and read it as if you’re them- you may be surprised at how much a fresh and objective view will help you see things you’d overlooked before.