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Learning Portal - Writing : Revising Your Writing

Revising Your Writing

Revision is the opportunity to look critically at what you have written and make sure that you are expressing your ideas clearly. Revising your writing means looking at the structure and overall format, editing, and proofreading.

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Top Tips 

✓ Ask questions. As you read your draft, ask yourself if there is information that you should add, remove, or move.

✓ Read critically. When you revise your draft, make sure your ideas are expressed clearly.

✓ Consider your purpose. Does your writing fit the purpose?

✓ Consider your audience. Does your writing fit what your audience would expect?

✓ Edit after you revise the content. Once you have revised the content, you can begin editing for spelling and grammar errors.

✓ Check your spelling and grammar thoroughly. They count.

✓ Read your draft out loud. You may have an easier time catching a mistake when you hear it spoken.

✓ Use spelling and grammar check software. These tools are useful, but not perfect, so make sure you are still reading critically.

✓ Start at the end. Working backwards will stop your brain from seeing what it expects, and may help you catch errors.

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