Text editing for many students seems boring. In addition, when you once again reread the same essay, you hardly notice any grammatical or stylistic mistakes in it. Our experience shows that if we systematically approach the issue, then the result will noticeably improve. Therefore, below is a step-by-step guide that will help you to edit the text more effectively.
Step 1: Check the requirements
It happened that even after several readings, students found that they missed a whole section. However, the worst thing is that this can happen a couple of hours before the delivery of the composition.
That is why at the first stage of editing, it is essential to return to the task itself and carefully reread it. This will help to verify whether the structure and form of filing comply with the original requirements.
For example, imagine that your teacher wants you to address three related topics in one essay. It turns out, if you write only 2 or 4, then you break the conditions of the task. As a result, your work may or may not be accepted at all, or get a low grade.
That is why it is so important to follow each item of the task, and if you suddenly notice that something is missing, correct it in advance.
Step 2: Check the main idea
When editing for the first time, we advise you not to concentrate on small errors, such as typos or missing commas. Instead, focus on how clearly the central message of the essay can be traced, and whether the choice of vocabulary is appropriate for it. Remember that the more logical the story is, the higher the chances that you will be able to convey your thoughts to the reader in its original form.
Be sure to check whether the problem is stated in the text, if the structure is logical, or if the conclusions are correct. The latter should be more than just a brief summary of the text. In addition to summarizing, you must show what this information is useful to the reader.