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Revising Techniques

Revising Techniques

Author: Ms. K
  1. Explain what to look for when revising a paper (e.g. adequate support, effective and varied transitions between ideas, a clear beginning and end, clear logic, etc.).

  2. Explain how studying professors’ notes can help to revise a paper.

  3. Explain how to use a revision checklist to edit for grammar, mechanics, style, tone, purpose and focus.

  4. Explain other choices for revising a paper.

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to revise a paper and who is confused about what revising technique to use. It will explain how to edit for correctness after writing the paper.

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What to Look For When Revising a Paper

This video reveals what to look for when revising you paper: adequate and up-to-date research, effective and varied transitions between ideas, a clear beginning and ending, perfect punctuation and grammar, a clear and defined thesis, strong verbs, a logical organization of ideas AND good writing in general!

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Using Notes to Improve a Paper

Usually when you are given back a rough draft of an essay that a professor or teacher has read over you can easily correct your essay by looking at the notes provided.

  1. Read through all of the notes provided.
  2. Fix the simple errors: add a comma where recommended, fix capital letters as instructed, etc.  However, remember some seemingly simple fixes will require more work on your part.  If you are told to swap to ideas around, this could mean that you will need to swap the ideas, change a few transitions, reorganize your blueprint and perhaps reword parts of the conclusion... one change can affect many parts of a paper.
  3. Determine HOW to fix more complicated suggestions.  For example, your professor may tell you that your explanation is weak.  This means you need to reread and rethink the paper's explanation as a whole. This usually means more than adding one sentence; it means reexamining what you've written and looking for all of the places and ways you can increase the explanation.
  4. Determine if a comment made in one place can apply to other places in the paper.  If you are told to underline the title in the introduction paragraph, then you ought to do the same to the title every time it appears; just because the professor did not direct you to do it every time, does not mean you shouldn't.
  5. Reread the entire essay.  Sometimes if you make a correction in one spot you can influence other things.  Rereading the essay allows you to make sure that with the corrections you still have a cohesive piece of work.

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How to Use a Revision Checklist

Using a revision checklist (like the example provided below) is easy, just read through what is needed and check off each item as you confirm its presence in your paper. However, note that the common error with checklists is that folks often assume they have the element and check it off without really examining the paper. The closer you examine your paper the better off you will be.


Other Revising Techniques

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