I finished a paper in an independent study over last semester. The professor congratulated me on a job well done. It was hard to do. It seemed near impossible sometimes. Especially since I picked a topic with little completed research. The point of the independent study was also so I could work on my writing.
So, I came up with a list of things to read for when revising a paper…
First read through:
relevance and redundancy
Second read through:
quoted material vs. “original” material – this is to help make sure things aren’t being missed
Third read through:
Sentence structure, passive voice, adverbs
Fourth read through:
organization, format, cites, spell check
Fifth read through:
still need to continue rereading if any large changes have been made.
*I came up with this when I was nearing the end of my editing/revising/rewriting