If you’ve been writing the final term paper, you know that with few exceptions, your first written draft will not be your final one. Although, the temptation is to just write the essay and then handed in, ultimately, you would be depriving yourself of getting the highest grade possible simply because you didn’t feel like doing any essay editing. That said, you need to understand that there are several different ways you can go about this particular process and you need to figure out the best way for you.
Of one thing to consider regarding essay editing is that it is not something that can be quickly done. So, if you’ve left your final essay to go the night before and you are writing it, don’t expect to finish writing it and then quickly edited within 5 min. and handed in. It just doesn’t work that way. In fact, properly going through and editing the essay can almost take as much time as writing it due to the fact that depending on its length, you have quite a bit to read through and yet several different things you need to watch out for. One thing of course is to make sure that your grammar is correct as well as your spelling and punctuation. These are just the basics. You also need to make sure that the essay follows the assignment structure of the assignment as you can be docked marks if you deviate. So the first thing you need to ensure is that the structure of the essay is what the class requires.
The next thing you need to watch out for of course is that your writing and your thoughts flow seamlessly from one to the next. There’s nothing worse than reading an essay and having the writer disorganized in his or her thoughts because it comes through in the writing. And this, especially if you’ve been writing for quite some time, can be one of the hardest things to watch out for because you are so close to your work. A better idea in this case, is to get somebody who has never read it before to look it over.
One final thing to consider when essay editing is that you should never do this after you’ve just finished writing the essay. Instead, put the essay away for a day or so and go do something else. Give your mind time to relax from having completed the assignment. Once 24 hours this past, taken out and carefully read through it. The reason you do this is because you’ll be better able to find any errors either factual or grammatical rather than if you’ve just finished it and you try to edit. You just won’t catch as many errors as you would if you look at it with fresh eyes