10 Essential Editing Tips to Use in Your Essay Writing

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Text editing is not the favourite task of students or anyone else who has anything to do with writing texts or scientific papers. The same goes for essay editing. Re-reading your own text several times becomes boring, and possible mistakes, typos, or omissions go completely invisible. This is why you need guides and step-by-step instructions to help you edit your essay correctly.

Relax

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Seems banal? How can you rest when there is still so much work ahead? But, actually, resting will allow your eyes and brain to relax and look at the text with a fresh eye. This will help you spot those shortcomings that you did not pay attention to before the rest. Walking in the fresh air will not only benefit your physical health but will also give you the opportunity to be more productive and alert.

It is not a shame to use outside help as well. Not only do students apply to the services of professionals who can edit my paper, but also professors who need to ideally check their work. After all, we cannot be competent in all areas at once, someone is better at doing research work, someone in proofreading, and someone is best at presenting work by speaking in front of people. Therefore, never hesitate to ask for help.

Follow the rules

Do the work exactly as your professor demands. You will need a creative approach, not in the structure of the essay, but in its essence, so it is better to follow all the rules clearly, especially when it comes to formalization.

More specifics

The essay should contain as many important facts as possible that relate to the work you are writing about. If in your essay it is not clear what it is about and what you generally think about the work you are writing about, then this is not an essay and such work will not be appreciated. Particular attention should be paid to the thesis as one of the most important elements of the essay. It is always at the end of the first paragraph of your work and should set out the main topic and your opinion on this matter in just one or two sentences.

Of course, accumulating a bunch of abstruse words or retelling the plot of the work you are writing an essay about is a bad idea. Speaking of details and specifics implies structuring and a clear definition of important points. Your work should catch on from the first lines, it should not be boring, tight-fitting, and illiterate.

Content

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It’s simple: your essay should have less water and more meaning. Don’t be lazy to find the perfect quotes for your work. Sometimes it is better not to write anything than to use a piece of text that does not fit your topic or refutes your main point in an essay.

Literacy

Another important point. Your work may be flawless in meaning, but sloppiness, obvious mistakes, lack of editing, and structure will definitely play against you. But superficial editing of the text is not too difficult:

  1. Most likely, you are writing an essay in a text editor. Most of them have a spell checker. First, enable this check to see spelling errors. Correct them in order.
  2. Next, use the grammar checker in your text editor (if there is one) and look for grammatical errors. Most editors now recognize punctuation, optimal sentence length, passive voice, tenses, and so on. Use your own knowledge, not just what a text editor offers.
  3. Make sure the intro is compact and well-structured. Here you need to not only express your goals and opinions. The introduction should set the tone for the entire essay – and this tone should be maintained throughout the text. It should be relevant to the subject of the essay and is designed for the appropriate reader.
  4. Each paragraph should contain relevant information on the topic. Remove all sentences that seem at least slightly off the topic of the essay. Also, pay attention to the transitions between paragraphs. If there are no clear transitions from one thought to another, the essay will seem like “cutting”.
  5. The conclusions of the essay should reflect its main position. In addition, they should be written with an eye to the structure of your essay and the arguments provided in it.

Vocabulary

Are you sure that all the words and sentences you use in your essay are correct? In such important work, slang, unfinished phrases, vague thoughts, and generalizations should be avoided. All key phrases, quotes, and examples should support your opinion, which should remain the same throughout the entire work. If you yourself are not sure what you think about the work (book, paper, etc.), then it is better to first re-read it again, look at the reviews and criticism, before starting to write an essay.

Avoid mistakes like running out sentences:

Wrong: It was raining outside, we stayed at home.

Correct: It was raining outside and so we stayed at home.

Pay particular attention to the literacy of the use of words. If you are not sure of the correct use of a word or its meaning, then it is better to either check its designation through a dictionary, or not use it at all, but choose a suitable synonym.

For example, the words affect and effect. They are similar to each other but have completely different meanings.

Don’t be afraid of changes

Sometimes the work is already finished, but it seems incomplete. As if something was wrong with it. If you notice a point that causes you doubts, you should better delete it and write again. Don’t be alarmed if it could be a whole paragraph. It is much better to think again and write everything correctly than to regret that you did not do it on time.

Fresh look

Feel free to ask some of your peers or teachers to look at a draft of your essay before proceeding with the full editing. Sometimes a fresh perspective can make a difference and help you.

Additional comments

If your assistants (friends/professors) have voiced objective comments, work on correcting them. After all, you are not writing an essay for yourself, this work will be read by others. It should be clear, structured, and logically complete.

Read the work again

After finishing editing and making the latest changes, do not be lazy to re-read the work again. If absolutely nothing will bother you after the final reading out loud, then you have coped with the task.

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