When revising and editing your assignment, ask yourself..
Have I answered the question or task as fully as possible?
- What is my thesis/ central proposition/ main assertion?
- Do I make a clear argument or take a position about the
topic? Do I state that position in my introduction?
- Does my introduction or opening paragraph prepare the
reader for what follows?
Is my essay clearly structured?
Are my paragraphs clearly connected and coherent?
- Does each paragraph begin with a topic sentence?
- Do the sentences flow smoothly and logically from point
- Does each sentence clearly follow on from the one before?
- Does each paragraph state its case clearly and completely,
or should there be more evidence/ detail?
- Are there adequate transitions between
sentences and paragraphs? Are transitions varied or are they all the
- Are all examples and quotes relevant
to and supportive of my answer?
- Are facts and opinions supported with examples or explanations
Is my written expression appropriate?
- Have I used direct and clear language?
- Have I explained my ideas clearly and explicitly?
- Have I kept my audience in mind? Have I said all I need
to say so that my reader can understand, or am I assuming they
will 'know what I mean'?
- Have I written complete, grammatically correct sentences?
- In long sentences, have I separated related ideas with commas or semicolons for
- Is my use of tenses correct?
- Have I used non-discriminatory language?
Have I fully referenced my sources of information?
- Have I referenced all the words,
ideas and information sources I have used in my assignment?
- Have I used a consistent referencing style?
- Is there a clear distinction between my thoughts and
words and those of the author(s) I've read and cited?
- Are quotations properly introduced?
- Are they accurate?
- Are they formatted correctly?
- Do the quotations add evidence or provide an authoritative
voice, or am I letting the author(s) speak for me? Would writing
it in my own words be more effective?
Have I remained within or exceeded the set word limit?
I don't have enough words:
- Have I fully answered the question or task?
- Do I need to read more? Should I include more information or discussion?
- Have I provided enough evidence to support my argument/s?
I have too many words:
- Have I included only relevant information?
- Is there any unnecessary repetition in my assignment?
- Is my written expression as clear and concise as possible, or is
it too 'wordy'?
Have I proof read and revised my assignment for errors?
- Have I checked my spelling? Have I read through my assignment
and not just relied on a computer spell checker?
- Is all my bibliographical information correct?
- Have I used correct punctuation?
Have I ended every sentence with a full stop?
Is my assignment well presented?
- Does the presentation follow any guidelines set by my
lecturer or school?
- Have I included a cover sheet? (assignment cover sheets
are available from your school office)
- Have I made sure my assignment is legible? Is it typed
or written neatly?
- Have I used double-line spacing?
- Have I numbered pages and used wide margins?
- Have I kept an extra copy?
Bemidji State University Writing Resource Center 1997, How to Proofread
and Edit Your Writing: A Guide for Student Writers, http://CAL.bemidjistate.edu/WRC/Handouts/ProofAndEdit.html.
( 27 August 2001)
Barnett, S. and Cain, A. 1997, A Short Guide to
Writing About Literature,
Cuba, l. 1988, A Short Guide to Writing About Social
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